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Space: Female Space: Iran and Afghanistan
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Underlying Iranian and Afghan female space in society is a homo-social culture where men and women generally socialize separately. This causes spaces to be gendered around the idealized roles of women and men. Culturally, men have most of the power of authority and decision-making over economic and political issues; the village square and the marketplace thus become male spaces. Women have decision-making power over domestic resources and tasks; domestic space is thus generally female space. How…

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Kakar, Palwasha L. and Bauer, Brandy, “Space: Female Space: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0281d>
First published online: 2009

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