What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq
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What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq

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In the run-up to war in Iraq, the Bush administration assured the world that America's interest was in liberation—especially for women. The first book to examine how Iraqi women have fared since the invasion, What Kind of Liberation? reports from the heart of the war zone with dire news of scarce resources, growing unemployment, violence, and seclusion. Moreover, the book...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by University of California Press (first published December 8th 2008)
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There's nothing wrong with this book or its arguments: parts were interesting but overall it didn't say much that was new to me, but that might just be cause I've followed this subject way too closely so your mileage may vary.

If you're writing a political science paper this is the book for you; but if you just want to read one book about Iraqi women before and after and during the war, Nadje Al-Ali's "Iraqi Women" is way more interesting (don't be fooled by the generic title) and lets its subje...more
Really interesting book about the lives and status of women in Iraq--before 2003, and after 2003. Anyone who cares about what we're doing over there, or who doesn't know much about what we're doing, should read it.
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“Military intervention cannot liberate women because it is embedded within a set of assumptions, beliefs, and social relations that reinforce and reproduce gender inequality, as well as other social inequalities within and across nation-states. Military intervention depends upon a belief in the legitimacy of armed violence in resolving political problems, which in turn depends upon our adherence to particular ideas about what it means to be a man or a woman.” 2 likes
“Facing a deteriorating economy and a weakening hold over the populace, the Iraqi state under Saddam Hussein opted to revitalize tribal leaders and conservative practices as a means of stabilizing state power; those conservative practices were not an inherent feature of a predominantly Muslim country.” 1 likes
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