Kabul Carnival

Offering one of the first long-term on-the-ground ethnographies of Afghanistan since the arrival of allied forces in 2001, Kabul Carnival explores the contradictions, ambiguities, and unintended effects of the emancipatory projects designed for Afghan women and imposed by the international community.

Kabul Carnival
Gender Politics in Postwar Afghanistan

Julie Billaud

2015 | 256 pages | Cloth $55.00
Anthropology | Law
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Table of Contents

Prologue: "If Only You Were Born a Boy"
Introduction: Carnival of (Post)War

PART I. PHANTOM STATE BUILDING
Chapter 1. Queen Soraya's Portrait
Chapter 2. National Women's Machinery: Coaching Lives in the Ministry of Women's Affairs #
Chapter 3. Public and Private Faces of Gender (In)Justice

PART II. BODIES OF RESISTANCE
Chapter 4. Moral Panics, Indian Soaps, and Cosmetics: Writing the Nation on Women's Bodies #
Chapter 5. Strategic Decoration: Dissimulation, Performance, and Agency in an Islamic Public Space
Chapter 6. Poetic Jihad: Narratives of Martyrdom, Suicide, and Suffering Among Afghan Women

Conclusion: The Carnival Continues

Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments