Voices from Iran: The Changing Lives of Iranian Women / Edition 1

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Rather than looking at the impact of economic domination and Western influence and intervention in Iran, Kousha (sociology, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota) profiles women to reveal their individual voices in all the complexities and simplicities they embody. She has not indexed her work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
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With intimacy and great sensitivity, Kousha (sociology, Macalester Coll.) provides a depth of insight into Iranian society, giving readers a chance to experience a culture vastly different from mainstream America's. Kousha, herself born in Iran, interviewed 15 Iranian women, who here tell deeply personal stories that begin with childhood. We witness firsthand the role that mothers play in shaping their daughters' lives and are given an in-depth view of courtship and marriage customs. We thus come to understand how closely a father's influence is tied to the laws and culture of the country. Kousha masterfully allows us to share these women's life journeys and provides the foundation for the multiple dramas of their lives. The result is a fascinating book that reads much like fiction and is often difficult to put down. Intended as a scholarly text, this work is sure to capture the interest and hearts of readers of popular fiction as well as those researching the culture of Iran. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Starry Nights 16
3 The Women: Cast of Characters 26
4 Ties That Bind: Mothers and Daughters 49
5 Cherished Bonds: Mothers and Daughters Revisited 78
6 Fathers and Daughters: "I Have Yet to See a Man Like My Father" 91
7 Marriage and Courtship: "I Wasn't Looking for a Husband" 113
8 Women's Lives, Women's Words: "In Those Days All the Girls Worked" 145
9 A Man or a Woman? Which Is Better Off?: "Women See a Lot of Things" 179
10 Women's Words: "I Want to Be Me" 197
Notes 231
Bibliography 239
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