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Dialectics of struggle: challenges to the Kurdish women's movement

Al-Ali, Nadje and Tas, Latif (2018) Dialectics of struggle: challenges to the Kurdish women's movement. LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series (22). Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Our paper engages with the complex relationship between national liberation and women’s rights movements as an instance to recognise the significance of intersectional political struggles and claims. In our specific case study, we critically explore attempts by political activists and elected representatives of the Kurdish political movement in the Middle East and its diasporas to challenge patriarchal and masculinist ideology and practices. Our work aims to recognise the recent commitment to gender equality, while complicating the often simplistic glorification of women’s roles within the Kurdish political movement in the context of Turkey but also northern Syria, both ideologically inspired by the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), and particularly by the writings of its founder Abdullah Öcalan. Based on two years of multisited fieldwork in Diyarbakir, Istanbul, Berlin and London, our collaborative paper sheds light on the dialectic processes through which the Kurdish political movement is engaging in the translation of its political principles of democratic confederalism and gender equality.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2018 LSE Middle East Centre
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 15:02
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2020 00:40
Projects: 703201
Funders: European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

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