Women and Politics in the Third World

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Haleh Afshar
Taylor & Francis, 1996 - History - 210 pages
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Women and Politics in the Third World is the first comprehensive textbook on women's political activities in the third world. It provides a feminist analytical perspective on the specific forms of resistance, organisation and negotiation by women in third world states. Using case studies, the book focuses on difference as a theoretical basis for investigating feminine political activism. Though Western analysts have attributed weakness to terms such as motherhood, marriage and domesticity, as choices made by non-Western women, the contributors show that such strategies are used by women to pursue particular goals such as seeking resources, welfare or freedom from oppression for their children. These strategies, the book suggests, should not be classified as unimportant or temporary and can be highly effective even within such discourses as Islamic fundamentalism.
The contributors highlight differing political approaches in regions as diverse as Latin America, South East Asia, China and the Middle East.

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Haleh Ashfar teaches politics and women's studies a the University of York, and Islamic Law at the Faculte Internationale de Droit Compare at Strasbourg. She was born and raised in Iran and remains active in Iranian feminist politics.

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