Mountain Life is Difficult but Beautiful!” The Gendered Process of Becoming ‘Free’ in PKK Education

Käser, Isabel (2019). Mountain Life is Difficult but Beautiful!” The Gendered Process of Becoming ‘Free’ in PKK Education. In: Drechslová, Lucie; Çelik, Adnan (eds.) Kurds in Turkey: Ethnographies of Heterogenous Experiences. Kurdish Societies, Politics, and International Relations (pp. 11-30). Lenham: Lexington Books

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This chapter explores the gendered process of becoming a freedom fighter within the Kurdistan Liberation Movement (PKK). By asking why women join the guerrilla but more importantly what keeps them there, Käser complicates some of the dominant images of Kurdish female fighters, which often brush over complex histories of violence and resistance. Based on ethnographic research in Iraqi Kurdistan and engaging with theories on nationalism and feminism, Käser argues that the movement's identity-establishing ideology and its history hold great emancipatory power but also set out a clear framework of what liberation should look like.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Käser, Isabel Martina

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISBN:

978-1-4985-7524-9

Series:

Kurdish Societies, Politics, and International Relations

Publisher:

Lexington Books

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anja Julienne Wohlgemuth

Date Deposited:

11 May 2020 17:24

Last Modified:

11 May 2020 17:24

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.142331

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/142331

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