Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran

Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran

by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195308875

ISBN-13: 9780195308877

Pub. Date: 07/14/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

While Iranian women have most frequently been viewed through the politics of veiling, Conceiving Citizens interprets modern Iranian politics and society through the history of women's health and sexuality. Drawing on archival documents and manuscript sources from Iran and elsewhere, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet illustrates how debates over hygiene, reproductive politics,

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While Iranian women have most frequently been viewed through the politics of veiling, Conceiving Citizens interprets modern Iranian politics and society through the history of women's health and sexuality. Drawing on archival documents and manuscript sources from Iran and elsewhere, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet illustrates how debates over hygiene, reproductive politics, and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries explained demographic trends and put women at the center of nationalist debates. Exploring women's lives under successive regimes, she chronicles the hygiene campaigns that cast mothers as custodians of a healthy civilization; debates over female education, employment, and political rights; government policies on contraception and population control; and tensions between religion and secularism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195308877
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/14/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part One: Hygiene and Citizenship
Chapter 1 Healing Iran: Hygiene and Social Change in the Qajar Era
Chapter 2 Population Politics: Epidemics and the "Crisis" of Midwifery
Part Two: Marriage, Maternity, and Sexuality
Chapter 3 From Celibacy to Companionship: The Evolution of Persian Marriages
Chapter 4 Sexual Mores, Social Lives: Maternalism and Venereal Disease
Chapter 5 Giving Birth: Modern Nursing and Reproductive Politics
Chapter 6 Schooling Mothers: Patriotic Education and Women's 'Renewal'
Chapter 7 Defrocking the Nation: Unveiling and the Politics of Dress
Part Three: Politics and Reproduction
Chapter 8 From Mothers to Voters: Suffrage, Literacy, and Family Dynamics
Chapter 9 Managing Birth: Family Planning and Healthcare
Chapter 10 Civil Liberties, Civic Wombs: Women in the Islamic Republic
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography

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