Managing gendered expectations upon resettlement: the experiences of Iraqi Kurdish Muslim women in the UK

Wright, T. (2013) Managing gendered expectations upon resettlement: the experiences of Iraqi Kurdish Muslim women in the UK. Gender, Place and Culture, 21 (6). pp. 733-749. ISSN 0966-369X.

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Abstract

This article discusses research surrounding the migration experiences of Iraqi Kurdish Muslim women migrants who have settled in the UK. Looking at some of the important and influential works by post-colonial feminist writers, what is revealed are arguments that provide some false senses of separation between different women. These writers’ concepts provide for a stagnation of extreme oppositionally based models of power that fail to recognise the existence of current and future transgressive, positive and empowering relationships of power which exist between women; and that happen in ways that remake the process, whereby transnational feminisms reach out, speak to,touch and reject each other – often all at the same time – and yet, in fresh and reconstituted forms. Considering both oppressive and transgressive relationships of power revealed complex combinations of often contradictory and simultaneously negative and empowering experiences. The Kurdish women practise strategies of Othering, of distance and of proximity corresponding to a variety of different concepts held within several different forms of feminism; they demonstrate an eclectic approach to their self-determination and to the development of rethinking forms of transnational feminism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Iraqi; Kurds; women; self-determination; transnational feminism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > England Centre for Practice Development
Depositing User: Dr Toni Wright
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 10:53
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 10:53
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14367

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