This rich anthology offers twenty studies on instances of emerging social justice and women’s empowerment in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. These areas are home to huge populations where women’s rights have withered under patriarchal rule, and many are beset by civic unrest.
The book shows how changes are occurring as flood tides of capital, people, and information erode entrenched gender regimes, giving birth to energetic and forward-thinking women’s movements. Highly original, conceptually sophisticated, and imminently readable, this book illustrates how local women are transforming their collective fates by questioning their status, forming alliances, demanding full participation in economic development and the political process, and mining opportunities afforded by globalization.
Valentine M.Moghadam is professor of sociology and women’s studies and director of the women’s studies program at Purdue University. She is the author or editor of several books including Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East and Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks.