Anna Grabolle-Çeliker’s Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender, and Ethnic Identity is a meticulous ethnography on the profound transformation of Kurdish society and its patriarchal culture with migration within Turkey. Based on twelve years of research, the book follows a group of villagers in the eastern city of Van as they migrate to the city center and to western Turkey. The result is a multilayered work that analyzes different social dimensions of migration, such as discourses, social networks, everyday lives, marriages, and religious practices. Such diverse aspects are woven together seamlessly and form a thorough picture that tells us the story of one small village community and more generally of recently urbanite Kurds in contemporary Turkey. The central dynamic that drives the ethnography is that Kurdish migrants navigate between Kurdishness and hegemonic Turkish culture, modern institutions and...
Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender, and Ethnic Identity by Anna Grabolle-Çeliker
ESIN DÜZEL is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are political anthropology with a focus on war and memory, gender and sexuality, and subjectivity and emotions. She is writing her dissertation on the aftermath of the armed conflict in Diyarbakir, Turkey, where she examines the multiple and intertwined transformations of morality, selfhood, and space. With Ayşe Gül Altınay, Hülya Adak, Nilgun Bayraktar, and Ezgi Taşçıoğlu, she authored Işte böyle güzelim … (This Is How It Goes My Darling …), a book of women’s sexuality stories in Turkey (2008; published in German as So ist das meine Schöne … in 2009). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esin Düzel; Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender, and Ethnic Identity by Anna Grabolle-Çeliker. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 March 2015; 11 (1): 114–116. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-2832403
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