Skip to main content
  • Book
  • © 2020

Women in the Kurdish Movement

Mothers, Comrades, Goddesses

Palgrave Macmillan

Authors:

(view affiliations)
  • 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

Buying options

eBook
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-24744-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Introduction

    • Handan Çağlayan
    Pages 1-30
  3. Narrating the Field, Narrating Life

    • Handan Çağlayan
    Pages 31-58
  4. Conclusion

    • Handan Çağlayan
    Pages 207-226
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 227-257

About this book

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.

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

Keywords

  • Feminist research
  • autoethnography
  • oral history
  • ethnicity
  • identity formation
  • Women’s Ideology
  • women's empowerment
  • crime
  • politicization
  • social movements

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)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bamberg Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany

    Handan Çağlayan

About the author

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

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Women in the Kurdish Movement

  • Book Subtitle: Mothers, Comrades, Goddesses

  • Authors: Handan Çağlayan

  • Translated by: Simten Coşar

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24744-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-24743-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-24746-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-24744-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXIV, 257

  • Topics: Gender Studies, Politics and Gender, Social Structure

Buying options

eBook
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-24744-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)