New Grounds for Patriarchy in Turkey? Gender Policy in the Age of AKP

Cosar, Simten
Yegenoglu, Metin
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S. Cosar and M. Yegenoglu, “New Grounds for Patriarchy in Turkey? Gender Policy in the Age of AKP,” SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS, pp. 555–573, 2011, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: