Azeri Women in Transition: Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan
This study of women and gender in a Muslim society draws on archival and literary sources as well as the life stories of women of different generations to offer a unique ethnographic and historical account of the lives of urban women in contemporary Azerbaijan. Focussing on a group of professional women in Baku, it provides insight into the impact of the Soviet system on the position of Azeri women, their conceptions of femininity and the significant changes brought about by the post-Soviet transition to a market economy and growing western influence. Also explored are the ways in which local cultural expectations and Islamic beliefs were accommodated to different modernisation projects.
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Narratives of a Community in Transition
The PreSoviet Period and Social Geography of Baku
The position of women
The Soviet Revolution and Azeri Women
Economic and Cultural Diversity in the PostSoviet Era
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