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The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Nordberg, Jenny

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An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as ...misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as dressed up like a boy ) is a third kind of child - a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom. The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents' attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults. At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America's longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN 9780307952509
Publisher Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780307952509
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Imprint Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Nordberg, Jenny
Category Biography & Autobiography
Area / Regional Studies
Cultural Studies
Women's Studies
Islamic studies
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 305.309581
Weight 306g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women - Afghanistan - Social conditions, Girls - Afghanistan - Social conditions, Sex role - Afghanistan, Gender Identity - Afghanistan, Male impersonators - Afghanistan
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade