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“It used to Be Forbidden”: Kurdish Women and the limits of gaining voice

Marlene Schäfers (2018) JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMEN'S STUDIES. 14(1). p.3-24
abstract
Women’s rights and human rights projects in Turkey and elsewhere routinely construe and celebrate subaltern voice as an index of individual and collective empowerment. Through an ethnographic study of Kurdish women singers’ (dengbêjs) efforts to engage in their storytelling art in Turkey, this article questions the equation between “raising one’s voice” and having agency. It investigates two concrete instances in 2012, in Istanbul and Van, where Kurdish women publicly raised their voices. It shows that public audibility does not necessarily translate into agency, because these spaces, like most, discipline voices ideologically and sonically. Audibility is not a neutral achievement but an ideologically structured terrain that shapes voices and regulates whether and how they are heard and recognized. Voices routinely have ambiguous and even contradictory effects once they become audible in public. It is not simply a matter of “having voice” or “being silenced.”
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published
subject
keyword
voice, dengbêjs, Kurdish women in Turkey, women’s rights, audibility
journal title
JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMEN'S STUDIES
volume
14
issue
1
pages
3 - 24
publisher
Duke University Press
ISSN
1552-5864
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-4296988
language
English
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yes
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A2
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id
8560586
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8560586
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http://jmews.org/table-of-contents/current-issue/
date created
2018-05-01 20:24:27
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2018-07-10 07:40:20
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  author       = {Sch{\"a}fers, Marlene},
  issn         = {1552-5864},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMEN'S STUDIES},
  keyword      = {voice,dengb{\^e}js,Kurdish women in Turkey,women{\textquoteright}s rights,audibility},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {3--24},
  publisher    = {Duke University Press},
  title        = {{\textquotedblleft}It used to Be Forbidden{\textquotedblright}: Kurdish Women and the limits of gaining voice},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/15525864-4296988},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Schäfers, Marlene. 2018. “‘It Used to Be Forbidden’: Kurdish Women and the Limits of Gaining Voice.” JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMEN’S STUDIES 14 (1): 3–24.
APA
Schäfers, M. (2018). “It used to Be Forbidden”: Kurdish Women and the limits of gaining voice. JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMEN’S STUDIES, 14(1), 3–24.
Vancouver
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Schäfers M. “It used to Be Forbidden”: Kurdish Women and the limits of gaining voice. JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMEN’S STUDIES. Duke University Press; 2018;14(1):3–24.
MLA
Schäfers, Marlene. “‘It Used to Be Forbidden’: Kurdish Women and the Limits of Gaining Voice.” JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMEN’S STUDIES 14.1 (2018): 3–24. Print.