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Conceiving citizens : women and the politics of motherhood in Iran

Author
Kashani-Sabet, Firoozeh, 1967-
Title
Conceiving citizens : women and the politics of motherhood in Iran / Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet.
Format
Book
Published
New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.
Description
xiii, 306 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Portion of title
Women and the politics of motherhood in Iran
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Healing Iran: hygiene and social change in the Qajar era
  • Population politics: infant mortality and the "crisis" of midwifery
  • From celibacy to companionship: the evolution of Persian marriages
  • Sexual mores, social lives: the impact of venereal disease
  • Giving birth: modern nursing and reproductive politics
  • Schooling mothers: patriotic education and women's "renewal"
  • Defrocking the nation: unveiling and the politics of dress
  • From mothers to voters: suffrage, literacy, and family dynamics
  • Managing birth: family planning and health care
  • Civil liberties, civic wombs: women in the Islamic republic.
Summary
The role of women in Iran has commonly been viewed solely through the lens of religion, symbolized by veiled females subordinated by society. In this work, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, an Iranian-American historian, aims to explain how the role of women has been central to national political debates in Iran. Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, the book examines issues impacting women's lives under successive regimes, including hygiene campaigns that cast mothers as custodians of a healthy civilization; debates over female education, employment, and political rights; conflicts between religion and secularism; the politics of dress; and government policies on contraception and population control. Among the topics she will examine are the development of a women's movement in Iran, perhaps most publicly expressed by Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi. The narrative comes up to the present, looking at reproductive rights, the spread of AIDS, and fashion since the Iranian Revolution. -- Publisher description.
Kinsey subjects
Women--Iran.
Parental attitudes--Iran.
Sex behavior--Female--Iran.
ISBN
9780195308860 (alk. paper)
0195308867 (alk. paper)
9780195308877 (alk. paper)
0195308875 (alk. paper)

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Kinsey Institute Library (by appointment only)
Call Number
160.49 K27 c6 2011
Location
Auxiliary Library Facility - Kinsey Institute