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Palgrave Macmillan

Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran

Microenterprise and the Informal Sector

ISBN 9781137342867
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Iran is estimated to have the third largest informal sector in the MENA region—a major source of income for many low-income households whose numbers are growing as sanctions tighten. Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran provides insight into the role of informal networks in employment creation in Iran from a gender perspective. Drawing upon theories of social capital, social network, and the postcolonial feminist critique of mainstream development, this analysis sheds light on the ways in which poverty and unemployment may be tackled.

Roksana Bahramitash is a visiting scholar at the Canada Research Chair of Islam, Pluralism and Globalization at the University of Montreal, Canada. She previously worked as Faculty Lecturer on 'Women in the Muslim World' at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Canada, as well as other courses at McGill University, Canada. Originally from Iran, she was active after the Iranian Revolution in literacy projects among peasant women. While working on her doctoral and post-doctoral research, she started to be involved with different international development agencies such as The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDS). She is the author of Liberation from Liberalization: Gender and Globalization in Southeast Asia (2005), Veiled Employment: Islam and The Political Economy of Women's Employment in Iran (with Hadi Salehi Esfahani in 2011) and Gender in Contemporary Iran (with Eric Hooglund 2011) as well as numerous articles on women's participation in economic development.

1. Social Capital, Social Net Work and Micro Enterprise
2. Women and the Informal Economy: A Literature Review
3. Women's Employment in Iran: An Overview
4. Gender and Informal Economy in Iran: A Review of Previous work
5. Field Work: Female Workers
6. Field Work: Male Workers: Comparing the Two Sample (Male with Female)


"Dr. Bahramitash's book is skillful, exceptionally intelligent, well-thought through, clear, and graceful. Her commitment to social justice and connecting community level analysis to the larger global context is commendable. Bahramitash meticulously studies the informal economy in Iran and skillfully brings the gender dimension to her analysis. She gives a voice to women who are leaders, care givers, care takers and financial contributors to their families and communities but yet are invisible, un-acknowledged, and under-valued. She combines the unique skills of a sophisticated theoretical thinker with the multi-level techniques of a participant observer and a social scientist." - Elhum Haghighat, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Lehman College, City University of New York, USA
"Bahramitash's unique field research among working women in Iran provides invaluable insights into the role of low-income women who work as entrepreneurs in the large informal sector of Tehran and other major cities. The data challenges fundamental stereotypes about women and work in Iran and presumably other Muslim countries." - Eric Hooglund, Professor, Lund University, Sweden; Editor, Middle East Critique
"An impeccable researcher, Bahramitash weaves together theoretical critique and extensive fieldwork to shed light on the little-explored world of women who work in Iran's informal sector. Her analysis of this invisible but powerful economy should be read by development economists, gender researchers, and all who study and care about the millions engaged in informal employment throughout the developing world." - Diana Strassmann, Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Humanities and Director, Program on Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities, Rice University, USA; Founding Editor, Feminist Economics
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