When Iran makes the news in the West, it’s often after some sort of crisis has taken place – a military standoff, new economic sanctions, belligerent threats from our leaders and theirs or crackdowns on protesters. Rarely do Americans get a window into everyday life in Iran.

Sociologist Manata Hashemi spent 12 years interviewing Iranian young people living on the country’s socioeconomic margins. She wanted to know what motivates them, who inspires them and how they envision the future.

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Despite what you might see on the news, many of Iran's young people are far from rebellious. Instead, they have dealt with dwindling job prospects by conforming to a strict code of morality.

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