Azeri Women in Transition: Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

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Routledge, Mar 5, 2014 - Social Science - 240 pages
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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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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Narratives of a Community in Transition
17
3 The PreSoviet Period and Social Geography of Baku
41
The position of women
57
5 The Soviet Revolution and Azeri Women
80
Home and the workplace
114
The management of femininities in Soviet Azerbaijan
142
8 Economic and Cultural Diversity in the PostSoviet Era
168
Notes
190
Bibliography
202
Index
214
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Farideh Heyat is an anthropologist and writer, currently based at SOAS, University of London.

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