Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran

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Tara Povey, Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Law - 201 pages
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This book examines the women's movement in Iran and their role in contesting gender relations since the 1979 revolution. Looking at examples from politics, law, employment, environment, media and religion to the struggle for democracy, this book demonstrates how material conditions have important social and political consequences on the lives of women in Iran and exposes the need to challenge the dominant theoretical perspectives on gender and Islam. A truly fascinating insider's look at the experiences of Iranian women as academics, political and civil society activists, this book counters the often inaccurate and misleading stereotyping of Iranian women to present a vibrant and diverse picture of these women's lives. This is a welcomed and unique addition to the vibrant and growing literature on women, Islam, development, democracy and feminisms. -- Back cover.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Womens Movement in its Historical Context
17
3 The Boom in Womens Education
35
Women Constructing Cultural Identities and Becoming Visible through Art
53
5 Women and Employment
73
6 Women Gender Roles Media and Journalism
91
7 Women Working as Judges and Making Judicial Decisions
107
8 Women and Executive Power
121
9 Women in the Parliament
137
A PoliticoEnvironmental Experience
153
11 The Iranian Womens Movement in its Regional and International Context
169
Womens Movements and Democracy Movements in Iran
183
Index
197
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Elaheh Rostami-Povey is a Development Studies lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her areas of specialization are gender issues in Iran and Afghanistan

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