What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq / Edition 1

What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq / Edition 1

by Nadje Al-Ali, Nicola Pratt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520257294

ISBN-13: 9780520257290

Pub. Date: 01/07/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

In the run-up to war in Iraq, the Bush administration assured the world that America's interest was in liberation—especially for women. The first book to examine how Iraqi women have fared since the invasion, What Kind of Liberation? reports from the heart of the war zone with dire news of scarce resources, growing unemployment, violence, and seclusion.

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In the run-up to war in Iraq, the Bush administration assured the world that America's interest was in liberation—especially for women. The first book to examine how Iraqi women have fared since the invasion, What Kind of Liberation? reports from the heart of the war zone with dire news of scarce resources, growing unemployment, violence, and seclusion. Moreover, the book exposes the gap between rhetoric that placed women center stage and the present reality of their diminishing roles in the "new Iraq." Based on interviews with Iraqi women's rights activists, international policy makers, and NGO workers and illustrated with photographs taken by Iraqi women, What Kind of Liberation? speaks through an astonishing array of voices. Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt correct the widespread view that the country's violence, sectarianism, and systematic erosion of women's rights come from something inherent in Muslim, Middle Eastern, or Iraqi culture. They also demonstrate how in spite of competing political agendas, Iraqi women activists are resolutely pressing to be part of the political transition, reconstruction, and shaping of the new Iraq.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520257290
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/07/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword—Cynthia Enloe
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms


Introduction
1. Iraqi Women before the Invasion
2. The Use and Abuse of Iraqi Women
3. Engendering the New Iraqi State
4. The Iraqi Women's Movement
5. Toward a Feminist and Anti-Imperialist Politics of Peace

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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