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Veiled employment : Islamism and the political economy of women's employment in Iran / edited by Roksana Bahramitash & Hadi Salehi Esfahani
Alternate Title Islamism and the political economy of women's employment in Iran
1st ed
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HD6182.56 .V45 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Women -- Employment -- Iran -- History
Women -- Employment -- Political aspects -- Iran
Sexual division of labor -- Iran
Physical Description xxii, 351 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-327) and index
Contents Gender and globalization: the Iranian experience / Jennifer C. Olmsted -- Modernization, revolution, and Islamism: political economy of women's employment / Roksana Bahramitash and Hadi Salehi Esfahani -- From postrevolution to the reform: gender politics and employment / Roksana Bahramitash and Hadi Salehi Esfahani -- The transformation of the female labor market / Roksana Bahramitash and Hadi Salehi Esfahani -- The effects of international trade on gender inequality in Iran: the case of women carpet weavers / Zahra Karimi -- Female-headed households in Iran: microcredit versus charity / Roksana Bahramitash -- Veiled economy: gender and the informal sector / Roksana Bahramitash and Shahla Kazemipour -- Iran's missing working women / Fatemeh Etemad Moghadam -- Iranian immigrant women's labor market strategies: a complex and entangled process / Zohreh Mirzadegan Niknia
Summary The popularity of neoliberal economic policies is based, in part, on the argument that the liberalization of markets promotes growth and increases employment opportunities for women. Although the latest research bears this out, it also presents a grim portrait of the state of women's employment. Approximately 70 percent of those living on less than a dollar a day are women or girls. --
In Veiled Employment, the contributors examine these stark disparities, focusing on the evolving role of women's employment in Iran. Based on empirical field research in Iran, their essays document the accelerating trend in the size and diversity of women's employment since the 1990s and explore the impact of various governmental policies on women. The volume analyzes such issues as the effect of global trade on female employment, women's contributions to the informal work sector, and Iranian female migrant workers in the United States. Rejecting the commonly held view that centers on Islam as the primary cause of women's status in the Muslim world, the authors emphasize the role of national and international political economies. Drawing on postcolonial feminist theory, they reveal the ways in which women in Iran have resisted and challenged Islamism, revealing them as agents of social transformation rather than as victims of religious fundamentalism. --Book Jacket
Series Contemporary issues in the Middle East
Alternate Author Bahramitash, Roksana, 1956-
Esfahani, Hadi Salehi

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