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Identity politics and women : cultural reassertions and feminisms in international perspective /
edited by Valentine M. Moghadam.
Boulder : Westview Press, 1994.
xiv, 458 p.
0813386926 (pbk. : alk. paper) : 0813386918 (alk. paper) :
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Boulder : Westview Press, 1994.
0813386926 (pbk. : alk. paper) : 0813386918 (alk. paper) :
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Contributors to this volume discuss cultural reassertions--primarily religious fundamentalisms--and women's identities and activism. The first section considers world economic change, historic precedents for women's collective action, and movements for religious and ethnic identity. The second section consists of case studies of country and regional identity politics, with heavy emphasis on Islamic fundamentalism, but including Orthodox Judaism, Hindusim in India, Zionism, and the US New Right. The case studies suffer from uneven writing, but nevertheless provide valuable materials for understanding relationships between ethnic and gender identities. The third section presents contradictory impulses and strategies for change, closing with a statement by the UN Division for the Advancement of Women on the necessity of bringing international laws, and through them religious codes, into accord with UN declarations for equality. The statement notes that religious fundamentalism does not necessarily violate UN principles, but its current manifestations do not provide equality in education, employment, and legal protection for women. Advanced undergraduates and above. J. L. Croissant; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Theoretical, Comparative, and Historical Perspectives
Introduction: Women and Identity Politics in Theoretical and Comparative Perspectivep. 3
The Creation of the World We Know: The World-Economy and the Re-creation of Gendered Identitiesp. 27
The Ideal Woman and the Ideal Society: Control and Autonomy in the Construction of Identityp. 42
Gender as an Ethno-Marker: Rape, War, and Identity Politics in the Former Yugoslaviap. 76
Women of the West Imagined: The Farangi Other and the Emergence of the Woman Question in Iranp. 98
Country Case Studies
Politics, Islam, and Women in Kano, Northern Nigeriap. 123
Gender, Religious Identity, and Political Mobilization in Sudanp. 145
Feminism and Muslim Fundamentalism: The Tunisian and Algerian Casesp. 167
The Social Representation of Women in Algeria's Islamist Movementp. 183
Gender Activism: Feminists and Islamists in Egyptp. 202
Identity Politics and Women: "Fundamentalism" and Women in Pakistanp. 228
Moving Away from a Secular Vision? Women, Nation, and the Cultural Construction of Hindu Indiap. 243
Identity Politics and the Contemporary Indian Feminist Movementp. 274
Women and Fundamentalism: The Case of Turkeyp. 293
Halakha, Zionism, and Gender: The Case of Gush Emunimp. 307
The Role, Place, and Power of Middle-Class Women in the Islamic Republicp. 329
Paradoxical Politics: Gender Politics Among Newly Orthodox Jewish Women in the United Statesp. 349
Women of the New Right in the United States: Family, Feminism, and Politicsp. 367
Dilemmas and Strategies
The Preferential Symbol for Islamic Identity: Women in Muslim Personal Lawsp. 391
Identity Politics and Women's Ethnicityp. 408
International Standards of Equality and Religious Freedom: Implications for the Status of Womenp. 425
Glossaryp. 439
About the Contributorsp. 444
About the Bookp. 446
Indexp. 447
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