Modernizing Women

Modernizing Women

Gender and Social Change in the Middle East

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Moghadam (sociology, international affairs, Northeastern University) studies the nature of social change in the region, the impact of that change on women's legal status and social positions, and women's responses to and involvement in changes processes; she also deals with constructions of gender during periods of social and political change. An overview chapter offers a historical context for nationalism and women, revolutions and women's rights, and Islamist movements and family law. Later chapters examine globalization and women's economic citizenship, patriarchy in crisis, and gender and war in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq. One chapter is devoted to gender and the Islamic state in Iran. Reflecting the many recent changes in the region, this third edition includes new chapters on the Arab Spring and women's rights activism, and new emphasis on the impacts of globalization and democracy. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Valentine Moghadam's seminal study of the gendered nature of political and social processes in the Middle East and North Africa has been fully updated to reflect more than a decade of major changes. This new edition reflects an emphasis on the impacts of both globalization and democratization. It also  includes entirely new chapters on the gender dynamics of conflicts in the region, on women and the Arab Spring, and on the achievements of women's rights movements. The result is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of current popular struggles for modernity, democratization, and meaningful citizenship.

Publisher: Boulder :, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.,, 2013
Edition: Third edition
Description: xi, 333 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781588269331
Branch Call Number: 305.42095 Mog


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