Control and Subversion

Control and Subversion : Gender Relations in Tajikistan

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Control and Subversion makes an important contribution to the study of Muslim societies in general, while also being a unique study of a neglected area - post-Soviet Tajikistan - a country gaining increasing importance in the international arena of Central Asia. The book presents an intimate view of this society, told through ethnographically collected life histories, unusually including men's as well as women's. Despite developing significant gender theories (notably reframing work of Judith Butler), and maintaining high academic standards, it remains as readable as a popular novel. Control and Subversion investigates the relationship of gender to the inner workings of social control, such as exposing ways in which Tajik society threatens men's masculinity, thereby bringing them to force family members into conformity, irrespective of the suffering this may cause. It examines how masculine and feminine gender characteristics influence personal relationships and explores gender relations at their most intimate - from the secret musings of adolescent girls, through the painful experiences of young men, to the trauma of sexual initiation. Although largely concentrating on contemporary life, the book also discusses historical materials and Soviet influence on Tajik society. Control and Subversion is essential reading for anyone interested in Central Asia, Muslim societies, the lives of Muslim women, or gender in a Muslim more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 132.6 x 216.9 x 14.5mm | 340.2g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0745321674
  • 9780745321677
  • 1,535,466

About Colette Harris

Colette Harris is a researcher specialising in gender and development, with particular interests in family relations, sexuality and domestic violence. She is currently program director, women in international development at the Office of International Research, Education and Development of Virginia Tech University in the more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Dramatis Personae Technical Information and Terminology Glossary Introduction: The Research Setting and Methodology 1. Conceptual Background 2. The Bolsheviks Attack but the Tajiks Resist 3. Community Control 4. Inter-Generational Family Control 5. The Individual Unmasked 6. The Couple Relationship: Love, Sex and Marriage 7. Control and Subversion Bibliographyshow more

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I am deeply impressed. This is a solid, original ethnography from a little studied part of the world -- Thomas Eriksen Colette is an amazing person and I cannot imagine how she did the work she reports on. -- Professor Janet Momsen, Dept of Human & Community Development, Uni of Californiashow more

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