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Uniform Title Kürt siyasetinin mor rengi. English
Title The purple color of Kurdish politics : women politicians write from prison / edited by Gültan Kișanak ; translation coordinated by Ruken Isik, Emek Ergun, and Janet Biehl
Published London ; Las Vegas, NV : Pluto Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 251 pages : illustrations
Contents List of abbreviations -- Translation coordinators' preface -- Preface to the English translation / Gültan Kișanak -- [Introduction]: Women's organizing in the Kurdish Party tradition / Gültan Kișanak -- 1. "How will you find that many women?" / Aysel Tuğluk -- 2. Mother, child, prison / Burcu C̦elik Özkan -- 3. "We never thought of it that way" / C̦ağlar Demirel -- 4, "Hurry up and fix things" / Diba Keskin -- 5. Never give up / Dilek Hatipoğlu -- 6. "We have your keys, come and get them" / Edibe Șahin -- 7. Women's work viewed as frivolous / Evin Keve -- 8. "You're going to eat with the men?" / Fatma Doğan -- 9. History has no love for women who stop and keep quiet / Figen Yüksekdağ -- 10. Three times elected, three years barred from serving / Gülser Yildirim -- 11. Being a woman is hard, evendangerous / Gültan Kișanak -- 12. "Are men going to walk behind a woman?" / Leyla Güven -- 13. "A lion is a lion, woman or man" / Mukaddes Kubilay -- 14. Nobody's daughter-in-law / Nurhayat Altun -- 15. Women should handle finances / Sara Kaya -- 16. "This woman is tough as nails" / Sadiye Süer Baran -- 17. From prison to Parliament / Sebahat Tuncel -- 18. Imprisoned for providing services / Servin Karakoc̦ -- 19. One woman became 80 = [One woman became eighty] / Yildz C̦etin -- 20. "Is Sir Chiefwoman in?" / Zeynep Han Bingöl -- 21. "They've turned it into a women's municipality" / Zeynep Sipc̦ik -- 22. Breaking down the doors / Selma Irmak -- Freedom for Aysel Tuğluk -- Translators and coordinators -- Index
Summary Prison writings from twenty-two Kurdish women who were elected to office in Turkey and then imprisoned by the state on political grounds
"Gültan Kișanak, a Kurdish journalist and former MP, was elected co-mayor of Diyarbakır in 2014. Two years later, the Turkish state arrested and imprisoned her. Her story is remarkable, but not unique. While behind bars, she wrote about her own experiences and collected similar accounts from other Kurdish women, all co-chairs, co-mayors, and MPs in Turkey; all incarcerated on political grounds. The Purple Colour of Kurdish Politics is a one-of-a-kind collection of prison writings from twenty-two Kurdish women politicians. Here they reflect on their personal and collective struggles against patriarchy and anti-Kurdish repression in Turkey; on the radical feminist principles and practices through which they transformed the political structures and state offices in which they operated. They discuss what worked and what didn't, and the ways in which Turkey's anti-capitalist and socialist movements closely informed their political stances and practices. Demonstrating Kurdish women's ceaseless political determination and refusal to be silenced -- even when behind bars -- the book ultimately hopes to inspire women living under even the most unjust conditions to engage in collective resistance"-- Provided by publisher
Notes "First published 2018 as Kürt siyasetinin mor rengi, by Dipnot Yayinlari"--Title page verso
Includes index
Gültan Kışanak is a longtime journalist, politician and anticolonial feminist activist for Kurdish liberation, who was elected to Parliament in 2007 as the MP from Diyarbakır. In 2016 she was arrested and charged with 'being a member of an armed illegal organization', for which she was sentenced to over 14 years imprisonment. Ruken Isik holds a Ph.D. in the field of Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Emek Ergun is an Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Janet Biehl was the collaborator of the late Murray Bookchin. She translated Revolution in Rojava by Knapp et al. and the memoirs of the Kurdish revolutionary, Sakine Cansiz
Print version record
Subject Women, Kurdish -- Political activity -- Turkey
Ethnic relations
Politics and government
Turkey -- Ethnic relations
Turkey -- Politics and government -- 1980-
Form Electronic book
Author Kışanak, Gültan, editor
Isik, Ruken, translator
Ergun, Emek (Professor), translator
Biehl, Janet, 1953- translator
ISBN 9780745347110
Other Titles Women politicians write from prison
Purple colour of Kurdish politics