Caught be­tween power re­la­tions

Turkish Review - - REVIEWS BOOKS & REPORTS - ASST. PROF. DALIA F. FAHMY,

In this timely edited vol­ume, Duygu Kök­sal and Anas­ta­sia Falierou at­tempt to re­visit the field of Ot­toman women’s stud­ies with a crit­i­cal eye by look­ing at its devel­op­ment, but also an­a­lyz­ing the new the­o­ret­i­cal trends that have emerged in the field. Kök­sal and Falierou begin by prob­lema­tiz­ing the tra­di­tional con­structs of sit­u­at­ing the Ot­toman within the mi­lieu of the par­tic­u­lar. They call for the recog­ni­tion of a larger sys­tem of re­la­tions from the le­gacy of im­pe­ri­al­ism, West­ern­iza­tion, moder­nity, cap­i­tal­ism and the emer­gence of the mod­ern state sys­tem. The re­sult is a vol­ume that places late Ot­toman women in a larger sys­tem of power re­la­tions where they can be seen re­spond­ing to sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ments with women of West­ern ge­ogra­phies in a “co-tem­po­ral his­tory.”

Di­vided into five parts, the vol­ume be­gins by as­sert­ing the agency of women in de­ter­min­ing not only their own fu­tures, but also the fu­ture of the na­tion-state. Fo­cus­ing on in­sti­tu­tions of ed­u­ca­tion, work, the arts, theater and lit­er­a­ture, the vol­ume traces the evo­lu­tion of agency. In their chap­ters, M. Er­dem Kaba­dayi and E. Tutku Vardagli chal­lenge the per­cep­tions of fe­male agency in the workspace as caught be­tween the

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