Chadari Politics

Lina Abirafeh

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI:
Chadari Politics

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This chapter explores the popular perceptions of Afghan women, investigating the book covers with chadari images to better understand how Afghan women are represented in popular media. Afghanistan is facing a unique set of development challenges: poverty, insecurity, gender inequality. Jan Goodwin's writings on Afghan women had a particular influence over perceptions Americans have of Afghan women, leading to her pivotal role in the launching of the so-called Gender Apartheid campaign. The analysis of policy texts reveals a constructed image of Afghan women, fueled by the media and popular perceptions. The liberation discourse employed in popular perceptions and popular literature has played no small part in creating a particular image of Afghan women. This image in turn contributed to the design of programs and aid interventions.

Keywords: chadari images; Afghan women; popular media; Afghanistan; Jan Goodwin; Gender Apartheid campaign

Chapter.  6538 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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