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Control and Subversion: Gender Relations in Tajikistan by Colette Harris

By Colette Harris

Regulate and Subversion makes a tremendous contribution to the learn of Muslim societies commonly, whereas additionally being a distinct examine of a ignored sector – post-Soviet Tajikistan – a rustic gaining expanding value within the foreign enviornment of vital Asia. The publication offers an intimate view of this society, advised via ethnographically gathered existence histories, strangely together with men’s in addition to women’s. regardless of constructing major gender theories (notably reframing paintings of Judith Butler), and preserving excessive educational criteria, it is still as readable as a well-liked novel. keep an eye on and Subversion investigates the connection of gender to the internal workings of social keep an eye on, equivalent to exposing ways that Tajik society threatens men’s masculinity, thereby bringing them to strength relatives into conformity, without reference to the affliction this can reason. It examines how masculine and female gender features effect own relationships and explores gender relatives at their such a lot intimate – from the key musings of adolescent ladies, during the painful reviews of younger males, to the trauma of sexual initiation. even though principally focusing on modern existence, the ebook additionally discusses ancient fabrics and Soviet impression on Tajik society. keep watch over and Subversion is key interpreting for a person drawn to critical Asia, Muslim societies, the lives of Muslim girls, or gender in a Muslim context.

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In fact, her enactments are likely always to consist of an admixture of the compulsory, the internalised and the intentional, but this last element is definitely present and it is this that allows her to assume the mask. Although Butler talks about drag as the only conscious parody on gender performance (1993: 124ff) it could be said that Dila and the Azeri women consciously parody their gender identities as defined by the ruling discourse. Dila clearly does not experience herself as merely meek and submissive since she performs quite differently when with others, but she must portray such characteristics in order to be accepted by her father, and eventually by society at large.

Harris 01 intro 2 1/29/04 2:10 PM Page 42 THE BOLSHEVIKS ATTACK BUT THE TAJIKS RESIST THE POWER OF THE STATE The role of political power … is perpetually to reinscribe [the] ‘definite relation of forces that is established … in war and by war’, through a form of unspoken warfare; to re-inscribe it in social institutions … and in language, in the bodies themselves of each and every one of us. 1 In the early post-revolutionary days they had used the Red Army, first to fight the civil war, next to put down general local unrest and finally to suppress basmachism.

Life had seemed pretty good. Their family had their own farm, the land was fertile, and they had enough livestock to supply them with meat for festive occasions. But life was not always rosy. Girls and boys were not supposed to mix after the onset of puberty. If they did so it could spell disaster. An unmarried girl found to be pregnant would be stoned to death, although the boy would probably escape more or less unscathed. Young folk were not allowed to choose their own spouse. That was up to the older generation.

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