Deconstructing Images of The Turkish Woman

Deconstructing Images of The Turkish Woman

by Zehra Arat (Editor)


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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, Deconstructing Images of the Turkish Woman 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 nineteenth 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. An important work which focuses on a frequently overlooked country, Deconstructing Images of the Turkish Woman promises to enlighten and enrichen any reader's understanding of this topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312235062
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 03/01/1998
Edition description: 1998
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Introduction; Z.Arat PART ONE: THE LATE OTTOMAN ERA In Pursuit of the Ottoman Women's Movement; A.Demirdirek The Women of Turkey as Sexual Personae: Images from Western Literature; I.C.Schick Shadows in the Missionary Garden of Roses: Women of Turkey in American Missionary Texts; P.Basci Dressing for Revolution: Mother, Nation, Citizen and Subversive in the Ottoman Satirical Press; P.Brummett PART TWO: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE REPUBLIC the Image of Women in Ziya Gokalp's Teaching; K.E.Fleming Kemalism as Identity Politics in Turkey; A.Durakbasa Educating the Daughters of the Republic; Z.Arat Formation of Kemalist Female Identity in Turkish Fiction: A Comparative Analysis; S.Erol PART THREE: THE ERA OF POLITICAL MOBILIZATION AND DIVERSITY Determinants of Sectoral and Occupational Distribution of Female Labor in Turkey; I.U.Zeytinoglu Images of Village Women in Turkey: Models and Anomalies; E.Onaran-Incirlioglu The Profile of Women Top Managers in Turkey; H.Kabasakal Representations of Women by Political Parties; O.Tokgoz Islamist Women in Turkey: their Identity and Self-Image; A.Ilyasoglu Reconstructing the House, Reconstructing the Self: Renegotiating the Meanings of Place in the Turkish Short Story; C.Bertram A Short History of Kadinca Magazine and Its Feminism; A.Ozturkmen Feminist Institutions and Democratic Aspirations: the Case of the Purple Roof Women's Shelter Foundation; Y.Arat Index

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