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Land of the unconquerable : the lives of contemporary Afghan women

Author: Jennifer Heath; Ashraf Zahedi
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011.
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Reaching beyond sensational headlines, Land of the Unconquerable at last offers a three-dimensional portrait of Afghan women. In a series of wide-ranging, deeply reflective essays, accomplished scholars, humanitarian workers, politicians, and journalists--most with extended experience inside Afghanistan--examine the realities of life for women in both urban and rural settings. They address topics including food  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Heath; Ashraf Zahedi
ISBN: 9780520261853 0520261852 9780520261860 0520261860
OCLC Number: 664840173
Description: xi, 393 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: Perceptions and realities. The politics of Zan from Amanullah to Karzai: lessons for improving Afghan women's status / Shireen Khan Burki ; Between covered and covert: traditions, stereotypes, and Afghan women's agency / Margaret A. Mills ; Centuries of threat, centuries of resistance: the lessons of Afghan women's resilience / Anne E. Brodsky ; Don't say what, who, and when, say how: community development and women / Wahid Omar ; Afghanistan blues: seeing beyond the Burqa on Youtube / Dinah Zeiger --
Part II: A woman's place. Women's political presence: a path to promoting gender interests? / Anna Larson ; Voices of parliamentarians: four women MPs share their thoughts / Massouda Jalal ... [et al.] ; Nothing left to lose: women in prison / Lizette Potgieter ; Selling sex in Afghanistan: portraits of sex workers in Kabul / Alisa Tang ; Between choice and force: marriage practices in Afghanistan / Deborah J. Smith --
Part III: To be whole in body and mind. The hidden war against women: health care in Afghanistan / Sima Samar ; Challenges to cripple the spirit: a midwife's experiences / Pamela Chandler ; Women with disabilities: recollections from across the decades / Mary Macmakin ; A question of access: women and food security / Elizabeth Stites ; Psychological impacts of war: human rights and mental health / Nahid Aziz --
Part IV: Making the rubble bloom. Mending Afghanistan stitch by stitch: how traditional crafts and social organization advance Afghan women / Rachel Lehr ; Rural women's livelihood: their position in the agrarian economy / Jo Grace, Adam Pain ; Chadari politics: translating perceptions into policy and practice / Lina Abirafeh ; When the picture does not fit the frame: engaging Afghan men in women's empowerment / Ashraf Zahedi --
Part V: "Don't eclipse my happy new moon". Empowering women through education: recipe for success / Sakena Yacoobi ; From both sides of the mic: women and the media / Aunohita Mojumdar ; Painting their way into the public world: women and the visual arts / Lauryn Oates ; A hidden discourse: Afghanistan's women poets / Zuzanna Olszewska --
Epilogue: Great expectations. Hopes and dreams: interviews with young Afghans / Amina Kator.
Responsibility: edited by Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi.

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"[Paints] a textured picture of the lives of both Afghan women and men... Provides them with texture and nuance, and reflects their strength." Huffington Post 20110808 "Indispensable reading for Read more...

 
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