Technologies of the self understanding veiling as both a personal and a social process of self realization

2015-08-22
This paper engages with Michel Foucault’s concept of technologies of the self in an attempt to understand the practice of veiling in Turkey throughout the 2000s. Foucault defines technologies of the self as a form of truth regime or rather telling the truth about ourselves. The question is what do veiled women think they are doing when they are veiling? In other words how do women reflect on or interpret their own veiling. The literature on veiling treats the act of veiling either as an act of submission of women to tradition and patriarchal relations or as an act of resistance against secularism, and western way of life. However, this research revealed that the veiled women do neither protest anything nor feel misguided or manipulated. My point is that the process of veiling can be understood as a technology of the self in the Foucauldian sense. Women revise and update their position in terms of respectability, freedom, autonomy, modernity and vis-à-vis existing relations of domination, gendered disciplines and discourses.
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A. Çırakman Deveci, “Technologies of the self understanding veiling as both a personal and a social process of self realization,” presented at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, (22 - 25 Aug 2015), Prague, Czeck Republic, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/75586.