Forgotten Territories in the Iranian Home: Issues of Segregation


This article addresses issues associated with segregation and gender discrimination in the traditional culture of Iranian home. The concept of Iranian home with an emphasis on its territories and social characteristics, as well as segregation and gender aspects, was investigated. Using expert opinions, seven house samples were analyzed. Following a review of plans and maps, interviews, and visual observations, a content analysis of activities, social relations, and physical features was conducted. The results show that individual values have been forgotten, and the privacy is defined as a collective state for a family. Under the management of the father, home has a biological and economic nature. All household activities and social relationships are determined by gender. Among the things having distinct segregation attributes are permanent house elements, such as walls and entrances. Finally, it seems that the culture of Iranian home further emphasizes such concepts as confidentiality, purity, cooperation, and humility.

Author Biographies

Mojtaba Valibeigi, Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran

Mojtaba Valibeigi is a dedicated Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran, with over 8 years of experience in teaching and research. He is keen to leverage environmental and participation approaches for local community development. He is particularly interested in the possibility of applying the sustainable foundations of the traditional neighborhoods in Iran.

Sakineh Maroofi, Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran

Sakineh Maroofi is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran, with over 20 years of research and teaching in the field of social and cultural studies, and design and urban planning at Iranian universities. Sakineh Maroofi applies sociological and cultural approaches in urban studies with an emphasis on social and cultural sustainability in cities and neighborhoods.

Sara Danay, Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran

Sara Danay is a University Lecturer of Urban Design at Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran. Sara is interested in urban design and landscape architecture, Islamic architectural approaches in particular. She is also conducting research into sustainable characteristics of Iranian neighborhoods and households.


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How to Cite
Valibeigi, M., Maroofi, S., & Danay, S. (2022). Forgotten Territories in the Iranian Home: Issues of Segregation. Changing Societies & Personalities, 6(1), 144–163. doi:10.15826/csp.2022.6.1.167