Deconstructing Images of the Turkish Woman

9780333946978: Deconstructing Images of the Turkish Woman

Along with the rest of the world, the country of Turkey is beset by efforts to push women into a particular prototype. This collection of essays seeks to combat such efforts by delving below the surface of common stereotypes surrounding Turkish women. Encompassing such diverse fields of study as political science, economics, business, ethnography, history, and literature, this work gathers experts from around the world to explore various images attributed to or imposed upon Turkish women. Written from the perspectives of the 1990s, the essays integrate around the unifying theme of changes and continuities in the images of Turkish women from the late 19th-century to the present. The essayists situate the representations of women in their historical and ideological contexts, exposing myths and clarifying the complexities which are connected to them.

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ZEHRA ARAT is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase.


'Finally, a volume whose goal is to demystify the orientalist and the nationalist representations of the 'Turkish Woman.' Zehra Arat's thoughtful introduction, as well as the different chapters' discussions of the social and political histories of the varied intellectual constructions of Turkish womanhood, will be of great interest to students of gender in Middle East Studies regardless of their specific countries of interest.' - Mervat F. Hatem, Political Science, Howard University

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