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Harris, Colette (2011) 'State business: gender, sex and marriage in Tajikistan.' Central Asian Survey, 30 (1). pp. 97-111.

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Abstract

This article examines the relation of the state to masculinity and sexuality by way of an exploration of the sexual problems of a young man and his wife in Tajikistan at the end of the Soviet era. It suggests that the regime's inattention to this kind of issue was bound up with the importance to the state of projecting appropriate versions of masculinity. It further posits the idea that the continued refusal of the independent Tajik state to offer appropriate treatments for sexual dysfunction is consistent with the image of modernity President Rahmon wishes to present to the world. The article shows that as masculinity discursively occupies the superior gender position, with men expected to dominate, the state is itself impotent to respond when they are, in fact, unable to do so in sexual practice. However, the myth of male dominance persists to the point that it may prevent women from seeing beyond their subordination and finding mutually beneficial solutions in their familial and sexual relationships.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 02634937
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2011.554057
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2016 10:22
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20797

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