At the crossroads of education and politics: Kurdish women students in Istanbul

Ensari, Dilşah Pınar (2012) At the crossroads of education and politics: Kurdish women students in Istanbul. [Thesis]

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This thesis explores the ways in which Kurdish women students in İstanbul have constructed their political subjectivities at the crossroads of education and politics. Based on in-depth interviews and participant observation, the study analyzes two crucial dimensions of Kurdish women students' experiences. First is related with the oppressive mechanisms in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia which impede women's access to education. This thesis analyzes the intersecting dynamics of ethnicity, gender and class that limit Kurdish women's educational opportunities in the region, and the distinctive strategies they use to struggle against them. Secondly, as university students, their experiences in the city do not only distinguish them from other Kurdish women in İstanbul, but also shape the ways in which they politicize in the city. Their political subjectivities are shaped at the intersections of ethnicity and gender. Their negative approach to traditional politics and the increasing criminalization of dissident politics in Turkey with respect to Kurdish identity demands lead them to articulate their political concerns and demands in new political forms. I argue that Kurdish women students find themselves in a condition of bargaining between education and political engagement, and instead of choosing one, they integrate them with each other in various forms. Experiences of Kurdish women students open up a space to rethink women's education problem, the politics of ethnicity and gender, as well as the intricate relationship between education and politics in contemporary Turkey, and highlight the need to understand the complex ways in which Kurdish political subjectivities are formed
Item Type: Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnicity. -- Gender. -- Political subjectivity. -- Education. -- Intersectionality. -- Politics. -- Subjectivity. -- Toplumsal cinsiyet. -- Etnisite. -- Politik öznellik. -- Eğitim. -- Kesişimsellik. -- Siyaset. -- Öznellik.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Depositing User: IC-Cataloging
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 11:12
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 09:58

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