Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran

Microenterprise and the Informal Sector

Authors: Bahramitash, R.

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Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran provides insight into the role of informal networks in employment creation in Iran.

About the authors

Roksana Bahramitash is Visiting Scholar at the University of Montreal, Canada, with the Canada Research Chair of Islam, Pluralism and Globalization. She is a sociologist who earned her PhD from McGill University and has focused on social justice and poverty from a gender perspective. 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.

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"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


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction Tehran

    Bahramitash, Roksana

    Pages 1-20

  • The Other Women and the Other Economy

    Bahramitash, Roksana

    Pages 21-42

  • Gender, Micro-Entrepreneurship, and the Informal Economy

    Bahramitash, Roksana

    Pages 43-71

  • Women’s Employment in Iran

    Bahramitash, Roksana

    Pages 73-100

  • Low-Income Female Workers, Micro-Entrepreneurs, and the Informal Sector

    Bahramitash, Roksana

    Pages 101-148

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Hardcover $120.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran
Book Subtitle
Microenterprise and the Informal Sector
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33923-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137339232
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34286-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 223
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