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

Journal article


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. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.802665
AuthorsWright, T.
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.

KeywordsIraqi; Kurds; women; self-determination; transnational feminism
Year2013
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Journal citation21 (6), pp. 733-749
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0966-369X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.802665
Publication dates
Print09 Jun 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited31 Mar 2016
Accepted04 Nov 2012
Output statusPublished
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