New Book: Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender and Ethnic Identity

14 02 2013

Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender and Ethnic IdentityBy Anna Grabolle-Celiker
I. B.Tauris, 2013

The question of Kurdish identity and belonging is counted among the most controversial and challenging issues in modern Turkey. Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey cuts to the heart of this debate in an exploration of shifting ethnic identities brought on by the processes of extensive rural-urban labor migration. As well as analyzing the effects of migration on social networks and local political landscapes, this volume examines how Kurdish gender roles have changed. The everyday experiences of rural-urban migrants from Van province, on the south-eastern borders of the country, are central to this book, but they are inextricably linked to conflicting discourses on Kurdishness and the place of this minority in Turkey.

Table of Contents

Introduction • Gundême: A Kurdish Village in Van Province • Gundême: Now a ‘Sending Community’ • Dispersal and Differences • Retribalisation, Hometown Organisations, Transactions • Tepelik: A Cluster of Vanl? in Istanbul • Changing Gender Relations • Religion in the City • Transactions of a Special Kind: Marriages • Kurdishness after Migration • Conclusion

Anna Grabolle-Çeliker, a German-British anthropologist, received her PhD from Tübingen University. She has lived in Turkey since 1997, working first as a language teacher and translator, and then as a university lecturer.

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