The Transformation in Iranian Dwelling Patterns and Neighborhood Relationships: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Iranian Movies

Foroogh Mohammadi (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

The home structure in Iran has changed throughout its history. We argue that neighborhood relationships both reflect and produce these changes. Apartments replace previous traditional Iranian homes. We discuss these changes in neighborhood relationships by conducting a content analysis of Iranian movies. We compare the different dwelling and neighborhood relationships by focusing on privacy borders, power relationships among families and neighbors, and communication forms. The results indicate that dwelling pattern shifts have brought new ways of life for Iranians that transform the dynamics of the traditional Iranian way of life.

Part of 22-02 Home, Environment, and Material Culture, Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm