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Yaghoob Foroutan

Yaghoob Foroutan

Academic rank: Associate Professor
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Education: PhD.
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Address: Department of Social Sciences, The University of Mazandaran Babolsar, Mazandaran Province, IRAN
Phone: 01155242915

Research

Title
The Construction of Religious Identity in Contemporary Iran: A Sociological Perspective
Type
JournalPaper
Keywords
religious identity – socialization – Iran – educational system
Year
2017
Journal Journal of Persianate Studies
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Researchers Yaghoob Foroutan

Abstract

This paper examines the connection between educational institutions and religious socialization in the construction of religious identity. It employs socialization theory, which recognizes educational institutions as the first agent and the most powerful engine of socialization. Applying this theory to the case study of Iran reveals the ubiquitous presence of religion in all educational texts, supporting the argument that these educational tools are used as a “strategy” of socialization to protect social unity and group superiority and providing further evidence that the educational system overwhelmingly reflects the ideologies of the dominant culture in the process of socialization.