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This is the conclusory chapter of this book, which addresses the scope and diversity of ritual activities in the rapidly changing complex society of present day Iran. By using gender as an analytic category to elucidate wider social and cultural processes through ritual performance, it opens up new perspectives into the values and beliefs underpinning the gender constructions. The book reveals in particular the ways in which gender itself is inherently unstable and ambiguous, providing the possibilities of self-expression, innovation and incremental change. The women and men who are the subjects of this study celebrate their gender values and capacities through same-sex rituals. One of the most effective ways of avoiding the pitfalls associated with the homogenizing and static effects of abstract categories such as 'culture' or 'women' has been to focus on individual life histories, and the aspirations, conflicts and struggles faced by individuals in their daily lives.

Keywords: cultural processes; gender constructions; ritual activities; ritual performance

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