NESTED (in)securities: Commodity and currency circuits in an Iran under sanctions

Emrah Yildiz*

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This essay uses a conversation with an Iranian interlocutor to explore the political economy of Iranian sanctions and the creative improvisations they produce on dynamic economic grounds-characterized by an increasingly soft and devaluing national currency, the Iranian rial. It reveals how various (in)securities tied to monetary transactions, particularly those conducted with the "outside world, " come to nest within one another in an Iran under sanctions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-224
Number of pages7
JournalCultural Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Commodity
  • Currency
  • Iran
  • Sanctions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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