Hearing and remembering the voices of women in the Turkish nation building process: Kadinlar Dünyası and Türk Kadın Yolu

Uçak, Deniz
This thesis examines the relationship between nationalism and gender with a particular focus on the making of Turkish nationalism and women, based on the analysis of two women’s periodicals: Kadınlar Dünyası and Türk Kadın Yolu. While the former was published in the latest stage of the Ottoman period between 1913 and 1921, coinciding with the emergence and rise of Turkish nationalism, the latter was published after the foundation of the Republic between 1925 and 1927. Accordingly, this thesis tries to understand the relationship between women/women’s movement and the nationalist movement. The comparison of these two periodicals at two different stages of the making of Turkish nationalism allows to see the evolution of the relationship between the Turkish nationalist movement and women, which is characterized by a shift from an identification of women with nationalism based on the latter’s promise of equality to an increasing disillusionment of women, as the nationalist movement adopted traditional gender roles for women. Thus, one could observe the gradual exclusion of many pioneering women from the public sphere and their eventual erasing from the collective memory.


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Citation Formats
D. Uçak, “Hearing and remembering the voices of women in the Turkish nation building process: Kadinlar Dünyası and Türk Kadın Yolu,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.