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Gender in Contemporary Iran Pushing the Boundaries by Roksana (University of Montreal, Canada) Bahramitash

Gender in Contemporary Iran Pushing the Boundaries


Part of the Iranian Studies Series


Gender in Contemporary Iran Pushing the Boundaries by Roksana (University of Montreal, Canada) Bahramitash

This book examines gender and the dynamics of social change in contemporary Iran, documenting the changes in women's lives and showing how women have now become agents of social change rather than victims. Bringing together the detailed primary research of a number of eminent scholars working in Iran, this collection provides unique perspectives on the past decade in Iranian society. Chapters document and examine how different Iranian groups and classes are negotiating, resisting, and pressing for political and social change, to explore the complexity of a society that often is portrayed in monolithic stereotypes in the international media. Thematically arranged sections explore discourses around gender and the impact of these discourses on women; the gendered impact of educational, employment, communications, and cultural changes; changing gender attitudes among the post-revolutionary generation of youth; and the ways economic changes have been affecting women. Providing an important basis for understanding social and political developments in a country that has been a focus of international attention for much of the last decade, this collection will be an important reference for scholars of Iranian studies, gender studies, political science and sociology.


A thoughtful, insightful look at women's position in Iran today. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --A. Rassam, CHOICE (January 2012) This is a collection with interesting articles, which one hopes will reach a wider audience. Most of the articles included in this collection will be appropriate for upper level undergraduates and graduate students. -- Vika Gardner, Allegheny College, in the Journal of International and Global Studies, 3:1, (November 2011)

About the Author

Roksana Bahramitash is Research Director at the Canada Research Chair of Islam, Pluralism and Globalization at the University of Montreal, Canada. Eric Hooglund is Senior Research Scholar in Contemporary Interpretations of Islam and Muslim Cultures in the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, Sweden.

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Publication date

24th March 2011


Roksana (University of Montreal, Canada) Bahramitash

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


224 pages


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