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Representation of Youth everyday life in Tehran; Semiotic analysis of Iranian Cinema Movies in the second half of the Eighties

Author Affiliations

  • 1Social Science Department, University of Tehran, IRAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 105-116, August,2 (2015)


The present study, by using cultural studies approach and from the viewpoint of thinkers of critical theory of everyday life, such as Henry Lefebvre, Michel De Certeau, John Fiske, and by using Roland Barthes’ semiotic approach, has analyzed semiotics and discovering the meaning of represented image from different dimensions of youth everyday life in the context of Tehran city in three films at two levels of obvious and hidden indications. Selecting the mentioned films has been based on purposive sampling and time sequence in making films for revealing the view of directors from different generations and also the importance of city role as the driving element of narratives in the mentioned films has been considered. The shown image of Tehranian youth represents that their consideration of citizenship status and relation is a vertical consideration, that despite effort made for resistance to interests of the dominant power, finally see themselves at conditions inevitably subsidiary and passive receptor of the changes in the surrounding environment. Special features of Tehran, as will and force and s pressure over youth, enforce them to make decisions or to do a reaction, that if they were not in this city, they wouldn’t have done such a job. The imagined city in these films is a place in which characters have short and unstable relations, is an unsafe environment that suppresses aspirations of its youth and guides them to a place outside of itself to access their desires. Tehran is the place of spacing among its heroes, generations, and citizens that drives the new generation grown in its lap from the mainstream society to margins, at the expense of their efforts for selecting and determining their fate.


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