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Identity politics and women : cultural reassertions and feminisms in international perspective

Author: Valentine M Moghadam
Publisher: Boulder : Westview Press, 1994.
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The premise that identity politics concern with gender, religion, race and nation has replaced the issue of class as the central focus of politics around the world is the starting point for this collection of essays. It is of particular interest because many of the 13 case studies of gender politics are of Muslim or South Asian countries, where the feminist agenda often clashes head-on with the local religious or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Cross-cultural studies
Études transculturelles
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Identity politics and women.
Boulder : Westview Press, 1994
(OCoLC)646991029
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Valentine M Moghadam
ISBN: 0813386918 9780813386911 0813386926 9780813386928
OCLC Number: 28586738
Description: xiv, 458 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One: Theoretical, comparative, and historical perspectives. Introduction : women and identity politics in theoretical and comparative perspective / Valentine M. Moghadam --
The creation of the world we know : the world-economy and the re-creation of gendered identities / Joan Smith --
The ideal woman and the ideal society : control and autonomy in the construction of identity / Hanna Papanek --
Gender as an ethno-marker : rape, war, and identity politics in the former Yugoslavia / Silva Meznaric --
Women of the west imagined : the Farangi other and the emergence of the woman question in Iran / Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi ----
Part Two: Country case studies. Politics, Islam, and women in Kano, Northern Nigeria / Ayesha M. Imam --
Gender, religious identity, and political mobilization in Sudan / Sondra Hale --
Feminism and Muslim fundamentalism : the Tunisian and Algerian cases / Alya Baffoun --
The social representation of women in Algeria's Islamist movement / Cherifa Bouatta and Doria Cherifati-Merabtine --
Gender activism : feminists and Islamists in Egypt / Margot Badran --
Identity politics and women : "fundamentalism" and women in Pakistan --
Khawar Mumtaz --
Moving away from a secular vision? Women, nation, and the cultural construction of Hindu India / Sucheta Mazumdar --
Identity politics and the contemporary Indian feminist movement / Radha Kumar --
Women and fundamentalism : the case of Turkey / Binnaz Toprak --
Halakha, Zionism, and gender : the case of Gush Emunim / Madeleine Tress --
The role, place and power of middle-class women in the Islamic Republic / Shahin Gerami --
Paradoxical politics : gender politics among newly Orthodox Jewish women in the United States / Debra Renee Kaufman --
Women of the new right in the United States : family, feminism, and politics / Rebecca E. Klatch ----
Part Three: Dilemmas and strategies. The preferential symbol for Islamic identity : women in Muslim personal laws / Marie-Aimée Hélie-Lucas --
Identity politics and women's ethnicity / Nira Yuval-Davis --
International standards of equality and religious freedom : implications for the status of women / Division for the Advancement of Women, United Nations.
Responsibility: edited by Valentine M. Moghadam.

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The premise that identity politics concern with gender, religion, race and nation has replaced the issue of class as the central focus of politics around the world is the starting point for this collection of essays. It is of particular interest because many of the 13 case studies of gender politics are of Muslim or South Asian countries, where the feminist agenda often clashes head-on with the local religious or nationalist agenda and where the reassertion of cultural identities against the West often comes at the expense of women. This book is valuable for describing these clashes in detail; it would have been much better, however, had it acknowledged more forthrightly the internal contradiction between feminism and opposition to the imperialism of universal Western values. from Foreign Affairs (May/ June 1994).

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