Women in Iran [2 volumes]

Women in Iran [2 volumes]

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Blending social scientific theories about feminism, social movements, and culture with the specifics of the Iranian situation, this volume examines changes in the structure of patriarchy from the 1960s to the present, by looking at domestic labor, employment, education, politics, culture, and sexuality. Combining personal narratives and socio-philosophical discussion, Shahidian focuses on policies that shape gender relations, primarily on the Islamic government's strategies to re-strengthen patriarchal practices. A nascent secular feminism in Iran opts for far-reaching changes in gender relations, but faces serious internal and external constraints.

This book studies gender discourses in Iran as the interplay of ideologies and socio-historical conditions. Iranian gender and cultural politics have emerged through lively, often brutally fierce, battles over symbols, meanings, and practices-battles involving Islamist, reformist, and secular women activists. Such conflicts have produced a damaging dual society of public and private forums. This bifurcation yields not peaceful coexistence, but subjugation to the Islamic state's plans. Only by rejecting so-called reformist measures, which, the author contends, merely continue the subordination of women, can equality between the sexes be achieved.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 162.56 x 240.79 x 50.29mm | 1,202.02g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0313324824
  • 9780313324826

Table of contents

Introduction: Gender Politics and Revolution Refashioning Patriarchy: From Private toward Public Patriarchy Gender Crisis: Preventing the Future Gender in Revolution: "Shrouding Freedom" Gender Ambivalence: "Cultural Imperialism" and Representative Revolutionism Patriarchy Blessed: Gender Teleology and Violence From Mothers' Bosoms: Patriarchy Vacillating between Private and Public Volatile Times: Gender, Coercion, and the Possibilities of Resistance Bibliography Index
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These two volumes concern women in Iran in the revolutionary and postrevolutionary periods (1978-present), with necessary background information....The books contain original analysis and can also be seen as a summary and assessment of scholarly and journalistic writing over the past 25 years, and are recommended for anyone beginning or continuing study of the topic....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. - Choice
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About Hammed Shahidian

HAMMED SHAHIDIAN is Honorary Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow (2001-2002). He teaches Sociology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he was honored with the University Scholar Award. He is also a research associate at the UIS Institute for Public Affairs.
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