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Title: Rhizomatic responses : the organisation of women's football in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Author: Sedighi, Arash
ISNI:       0000 0004 7655 9185
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis argues that the organisation of women's football in Iran is a fluid one which moves across institutional barriers. I illustrate that women's football is not necessarily bound by the formalized bureaucratic structures set out officially but escape these on a daily basis. The argument here presented is that is that these 'flows', or 'lines of flight', are never permanent but return to enforce the dominant structural and discursive formations they temporarily escape. Based on ethnographic research, peer ethnography and observations in Iran between 2008-2009, this thesis will therefore argue that the organisation of women's football cannot be located as either within or outside the official bureaucracy. It cannot be described as a space of resistance to or even subversion of official limits created through Iran's sports institutions. Although extrabureaucratic connections are made and utilized to sustain and sometimes strengthen the potentiality of women's sports in different contexts women's football is well within the norms and practices expected of the institution of football in its bureaucratic practice. This image of the footballer, particularly in an Islamic country, contrasts starkly with the dominant picture of the female athlete as a de facto opponent to patriarchal norms, traditional expectations and above all religious obstacles.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral