Voices from Iran: The Changing Lives of Iranian Women

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November 2002



Fifteen Iranian women talk intimately about all aspects of their lives from domestic concerns to professional issues.In the late 1990s Mahnaz Kousha interviewed fifteen Iranian women in Tehran who originally came from cities and towns throughout Iran. The youngest was 38, the eldest in her 50s. Extensive excerpts from their dialogues form the heart of this remarkable book.With admirable candor the women explore their relationships with their mothers, fathers, husbands, and children. They reflect upon the institutions of courtship and marriage and address issues of childcare, housework, and women's employment. They talk openly about their concerns, ambitions, and frustrations. Finally, they discuss everyday personal problems and the solutions they devise to cope with such difficulties. Offset by telling commentary, these conversations offer significant firsthand insights into the life experiences of the modern Iranian woman and her brave search for identity.Even as it covers rare ground, this volume fills a sizable gap in the study of gender and family relationships in Iran. Abundant footnotes on similar studies in the United States and other countries not only add sociological richness, but also make the book relevant beyond Iran and the Middle East.


"Women and their concerns have gained tremendous significance. It is like a flood. The flood is roaring." - Tara, from Voices from Iran
EAN: 9780815629627
ISBN: 0815629621
Untertitel: 'Gender, Culture, and Politics'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2002
Seitenanzahl: 244 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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