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Women in the Kurdish Movement

Mothers, Comrades, Goddesses

Authors: Çağlayan, Handan

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  • Explores the central role women played in the constitution and unfolding of the public image of Kurdish opposition throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s
  • Seeks to problematize the gendered working of politics in Turkey
  • Offers a reading of possible sites of democratic challenge to this working through women’s everyday experiences
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This book offers the first historical account of Kurdish women’s politicization in Turkey, starting from the mid-1980s. Çağlayan presents a critical feminist analysis through women’s everyday experiences, incorporating women’s self-narrations with her own autoethnographic reflections. The author provides an account of the socio-political dynamics which constrained women’s politicization, of the factors and mechanisms which enabled their political activism, and of the construction of women’s political history through their own narrations. Women in the Kurdish Movement is a highly original contribution to Kurdish women’s political history. It will be key reading for students and scholars across various disciplines with an interest in gender, political participation, everyday resistance, feminist methodology, nationalism, ethnicity, secularism, social movements, post-colonial studies, and the Middle East.

About the authors

Handan Çağlayan is a Visiting Scholar, Department of General Linguistics, Bamberg Otto Friedrich University, Germany.

Reviews

“This is a powerful book and essential for any research on Kurdish women. A feminist critical inquiry providing invaluable insight into the struggle of Kurdish women challenging the roles imposed on them and transforming their political identities to be at the forefront of the Kurdish political movement.” (Şemsa Özar, Boğaziçi University, Turkey)

“A pioneering monograph recovering Kurdish women’s voices and agency, this is a much-needed critical intervention that breaks the silence prevalent in feminist and Middle Eastern scholarship on Kurdish women. Çağlayan skillfully weaves together the (auto)biographical with the social, and activism with scholarship.” (Metin Yüksel, Hacettepe University, Turkey)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-24744-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24743-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women in the Kurdish Movement
Book Subtitle
Mothers, Comrades, Goddesses
Authors
Translated by
Coşar, S.
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24744-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24744-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24743-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 257
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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