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Chapter 28 - Identity, Rights, and Duties

The Illustrative Case of Positioning by Iran, the United States, and the European Union

from Part VI - From social culture to personal culture

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2012

Jaan Valsiner
Affiliation:
Clark University, Massachusetts
Alberto Rosa
Affiliation:
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
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This chapter provides an illustrative example of an alternative research approach, positioning theory for studying identity in relation to constructions of rights and duties. Positioning theory represents a highly promising new approach to studying the dynamic social processes that unfold over time. The chapter articulates a conceptual framework, presenting the idea of a universal cycle of rights and duties, in the context of a broader discussion on positioning, identity, rights, and duties. It establishes the historical and cultural context of the illustrative example that serves as the focal point of the chapter: positioning by the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), the United States (US), and the European Union (EU). The chapter discusses examples of positioning by the different parties. It considers a range of Iranian political factions operating inside and outside Iran, differing in the degree to which they are anti-American and anti-Western in their ideologies.
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2007

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