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Description - Lost Voices by Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes

Central Asia is considered to be the 'forgotten world' of the former Soviet Union, and Central Asian women constitute the 'lost voices' within those regions. This book looks at how the shift to Western capitalist ideals has affected gender relations. The uneasy synthesis between socialism and Islam under the Soviet regime offered many women considerable status and personal freedom, but these gains have been rapidly eroded by 'democratization'. In contrast to many commentators, the author argues that the main threat to the socio-political status of women in Central Asia today is not Islamic fundamentalism, but the imposition of free market principles and Western 'liberal democratic' ideals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842775370
ISBN-10: 1842775375
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes

Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes is a senior lecturer in political and international studies, and women's studies, at Flinders University, South Australia. She has acted as a consultant to the UN and international and national NGOs, and was one of the first researchers to undertake substantial research into the lives of women in the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in the post independence period.