Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran by Firoozeh Kashani-SabetConceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran

byFiroozeh Kashani-Sabet

Paperback | June 21, 2011

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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, FiroozehKashani-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 campaignsthat 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.
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet is Associate Professor of History and director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946.
Title:Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in IranFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195308875

ISBN - 13:9780195308877


Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Hygiene and Citizenship1. Healing Iran: Hygiene and Social Change in the Qajar Era2. Population Politics: Epidemics and the "Crisis" of MidwiferyPart Two: Marriage, Maternity, and Sexuality3. From Celibacy to Companionship: The Evolution of Persian Marriages4. Sexual Mores, Social Lives: Maternalism and Venereal Disease5. Giving Birth: Modern Nursing and Reproductive Politics6. Schooling Mothers: Patriotic Education and Women's "Renewal"7. Defrocking the Nation: Unveiling and the Politics of DressPart Three: Politics and Reproduction8. From Mothers to Voters: Suffrage, Literacy, and Family Dynamics9. Managing Birth: Family Planning and Healthcare10. Civil Liberties, Civic Wombs: Women in the Islamic RepublicEpilogueNotesBibliography