Women in the Kurdish Movement

Mothers, Comrades, Goddesses

  • Handan Çağlayan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Handan Çağlayan
    Pages 1-30
  3. Handan Çağlayan
    Pages 31-58
  4. 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.


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

Authors and affiliations

  • Handan Çağlayan
    • 1
  1. 1.Bamberg Otto Friedrich UniversityBambergGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-24743-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-24744-7
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