Refusing to Identify as Obedient Wives, Sacrificing Mothers, and Proud Warriors: Women Conscientious Objectors in Turkey

Ayşe Gül Altınay

November 10, 2009

UMass Boston

In  recent years, a group of Turkish women who define themselves as “conscientious objectors” have begun to question the conventional identities -- obedient wives, sacrificing mothers, and proud warriors - available to women within the gendered, heterosexualized and militarized conception of Turkish citizenship. Ayşe Gül Altınay looks closely at the ways in which women are positioned within the framework of the myth of the military-nation and then considers the refusal of all three articulations of female citizenship by women conscientious objectors.

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