Peyman Jafari discusses his chapter in Worlds of Labour Turned Upside Down, a recent volume he has coedited with Pepijn Brandon and Stefan Müller. The volume offers a bold statement on the importance of labor history for understanding modern revolutions and state formation from a global and comparative perspective.
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In this talk, Jafari explores the history of workers’ challenges to capitalist labor relations during the 1979 revolution, workers’ showras (factory committees) activities in the following two years, and the variety of political ideologies that animated them. By focusing on specific groups of workers and their workplace experiences, he provides new insights into the understudied social history of the 1979 revolution, and the contested and contingent nature of state formation in the post-revolutionary years.
Peyman Jafari is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Princeton University’s Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. His research concentrates on the history of the Iranian Revolution, labor history and the role of energy in global capitalism.