Contested Terrain

Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders
Author: Sally L. Kitch
A provocative exploration of women's lives in today's Afghanistan
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Cloth: 11/10/2014
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About the Book

Sally L. Kitch explores the crisis in contemporary Afghan women's lives by focusing on two remarkable Afghan professional women working on behalf of their Afghan sisters. Kitch's compelling narrative follows the stories of Judge Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani from 2005 through 2013, providing an oft-ignored perspective on the personal and professional lives of Afghanistan's women. Contending with the complex dynamics of a society both undergoing and resisting change, Basel and Afghani speak candidly--and critically--of matters like international intervention and patriarchal Afghan culture, capturing the ways in which immense possibility alternates and vies with utter hopelessness.Strongly rooted in feminist theory and interdisciplinary historical and geopolitical analysis, Contested Terrain sheds new light on the struggle against the powerful forces that affect Afghan women's education, health, political participation, livelihoods, and quality of life. The book also suggests how a new dialogue might be started in which women from across geopolitical boundaries might find common cause for change and rewrite their collective stories.

About the Author

Sally L. Kitch is Regents' Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and the founding director of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University. She is the author of The Specter of Sex: Gendered Foundations of Racial Formation in the United States.