Conceiving Citizens

Conceiving Citizens : Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran

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The role of women in Iran has commonly been viewed solely through the lens of religion, symbolized by veiled females subordinated by society. In this work, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, an Iranian-American historian, aims to explain how the role of women has been central to national political debates in Iran. Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the book examines issues impacting women's lives under successive regimes, including hygiene campaigns that cast mothers as custodians of a healthy civilization; debates over female education, employment, and political rights; conflicts between religion and secularism; the politics of dress; and government policies on contraception and population control. Among the topics she will examine are the development of a women's movement in Iran, perhaps most publicly expressed by Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi. The narrative comes up to the present, looking at reproductive rights, the spread of AIDS, and fashion since the Iranian more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195308867
  • 9780195308860

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Conceiving citizens is to be welcomed as a contribution to a better understanding of how both modern medicine and nationalist concern impacted on women's education, employment, civil and political rights ... The book is well documented, well written, and though it will be of significant interest to specialists in Iranian women's history, it is also recommendable to scholars of modern and contemporary Iranian society and to students of gender and sexuality in the Middle East. * Anna Vanzan, Journal of Social History *show more

About Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania. Author of Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation (Princeton UP, 2000).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; Part One: Hygiene and Citizenship ; Chapter 1 Healing Iran: Hygiene and Social Change in the Qajar Era ; Chapter 2 Population Politics: Epidemics and the "Crisis" of Midwifery ; Part Two: Marriage, Maternity, and Sexuality ; Chapter 3 From Celibacy to Companionship: The Evolution of Persian Marriages ; Chapter 4 Sexual Mores, Social Lives: Maternalism and Venereal Disease ; Chapter 5 Giving Birth: Modern Nursing and Reproductive Politics ; Chapter 6 Schooling Mothers: Patriotic Education and Women's 'Renewal' ; Chapter 7 Defrocking the Nation: Unveiling and the Politics of Dress ; Part Three: Politics and Reproduction ; Chapter 8 From Mothers to Voters: Suffrage, Literacy, and Family Dynamics ; Chapter 9 Managing Birth: Family Planning and Healthcare ; Chapter 10 Civil Liberties, Civic Wombs: Women in the Islamic Republic ; Epilogue ; Notes ; Bibliographyshow more

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