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Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran
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    Nazanin Shahrokni
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    University of California Press

Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran

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  • Nazanin Shahrokni
  • University of California Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780520304284
  • 8.9 X 6 X 0.6 inches
  • 0.55 pounds
  • Social Science > Women's Studies
  • English
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While much has been written about the impact of the 1979 Islamic revolution on life in Iran, discussions about the everyday life of Iranian women have been glaringly missing. Women in Place offers a gripping inquiry into gender segregation policies and women's rights in contemporary Iran. Author Nazanin Shahrokni takes us onto gender-segregated buses, inside a women-only park, and outside the closed doors of stadiums where women are banned from attending men's soccer matches. The Islamic character of the state, she demonstrates, has had to coexist, fuse, and compete with technocratic imperatives, pragmatic considerations regarding the viability of the state, international influences, and global trends. Through a retelling of the past four decades of state policy regulating gender boundaries, Women in Place challenges notions of the Iranian state as overly unitary, ideological, and isolated from social forces and pushes us to contemplate the changing place of women in a social order shaped by capitalism, state-sanctioned Islamism, and debates about women's rights. Shahrokni throws into sharp relief the ways in which the state strives to constantly regulate and contain women's bodies and movements within the boundaries of the proper but simultaneously invests in and claims credit for their expanded access to public spaces.
Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran

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I have a PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the Gender Studies Department at LSE, I had held positions in various international settings such as Syracuse University, Lund University, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the American University of Beirut. I am currently on the Executive Board of the International Sociological Association, and serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies.

My research interests fall at the intersection of gender politics, feminist geography, and ethnographies of the state in Iran, the Middle East, and beyond. I bring a critical lens and an ethnographic approach to the study of gendered public spaces and spheres, the reconstruction of gender difference in city spaces, and the complex gendered underpinnings of urban governance and political institutions.

 

Source: The London School of Economics and Political Science 

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