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Women’s Narratives: Resistance to Oppression and the Empowerment of Women in Uzbekistan

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Title: Women’s Narratives: Resistance to Oppression and the Empowerment of Women in Uzbekistan
Authors: Tursunova, Z.
Keywords: empowerment, livelihoods, land tenure changes, narrative, Uzbekistan, women
LC Subject Headings: Indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
Social work with indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
Issue Date: Dec 2014
Publisher: Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Tursunova, Z. (2014). Women’s Narratives: Resistance to Oppression and the Empowerment of Women in Uzbekistan. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3(2).
Abstract: The article presents women’s narratives to understand gendered aspects of socio-economic and political transformations in women’s lives in post-Soviet Central Asia. The author considers that narrative functions within a multi-disciplinary theory, research, and practice of livelihood, empowerment and conflict resolution. Given the colonial representations of women in the past and the storytelling ambiguity in misrepresenting women’s lives and locating them in marginal spaces in the narrative and society, the Soviet authorities claimed to end the seclusion of women ignoring women’s voices and social movements for equality and social change in the society. The article aims to understand gendered aspects of socio-economic and political transformations in women’s lives in post-Soviet Central Asia through women’s narratives. These narratives, based on oral history and autobiography rather than writings based on Soviet sources, demonstrate a complex picture of women’s struggles in their families and communities. Women describe their social, economic and environmental stresses and the ways they learn to live with social changes and empower themselves.
Pages/Duration: 16 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/34477
ISSN: 2164-9170
Appears in Collections:JISD Volume 03, Issue 02. Papers From the Second International Conference of Indigenous Voices in Social Work



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