Essed - Chapter 08
The Iranian revolution of 1979 forced many people to leave their country.
Among them were the Iranian women of this study, who as political
activists within leftist organisations had to leave Iran when the Islamists
assumed absolute power in 1981 and suppressed all opposition. These
women became exiles throughout the world, including the Netherlands
and the United States, where I conducted my research. My fieldwork,
which took eight months in each country, was concentrated in
Amsterdam in 1996 and Los Angeles in 1997. During that time, for some
months I participated in and observed the Iranian communities in both
countries to grasp the dynamics in each context. The majority of women
interviewed in both cities have a higher education and jobs related to
their fields of study.