Women, Work and Islamism: Ideology and Resistance in Iran

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Zed Books, 1999 - 186 страници
Based on original research into women's participation in the workforce, this book is the most up-to-date study of women in Iran available. The Islamisation of state and society which followed the 1979 revolution involved an attempt by the Islamic state to seclude women within the home. However, the power of the state was constrained by many factors - the Iran-Iraq war, economic restructuring - and women's own responses to oppression. In spite of continual attempts by the state to strengthen patriarchal relationships, women's participation in the labour force in 1999 is greater than it was before the revolution.Women's participation in both the economy and in political movements has led to a much greater level of gender consciousness in the 1990s than at the height of westernisation in the 1960s and 70s. Religious and secular women in urban areas have demanded reforms and forced the Islamic state to return to the position of the pre 1979 reforms.Providing a history of Iran, an introduction to Islamism and an analysis of the women and Islam debate, this book will be necessary reading for students and academics of Middle East studies, women's studies and labour studies.
 

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Introduction
1
A Historical Approach
28
The Islamic Sexual Division of Labour
61
Gender Segregation in Sports Education and Public Places
70
Demand for Female Labour in the Private Sector
83
Shifts in the Position of the State
96
Gendered Roles in the Domestic Domain
111
Womens Struggle in the Shoras
125
Media
138
of Strategies
152
Bibliography
170
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Maryann Poya is a visiting Fellow in the Department of Development Studies at the Open University.

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