‘Birds without legs’: legal integration as potentiality for women of a Turkmen-Afghan family in Istanbul

Ibanez-Tirado, Diana and Latif Khan, Rabia (2022) ‘Birds without legs’: legal integration as potentiality for women of a Turkmen-Afghan family in Istanbul. Central Asian Survey. ISSN 0263-4937 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This article examines how three generations of women in an Afghan-Turkmen family residing in Istanbul have experienced historical migration and legal integration. We deploy the concept of potentiality to convey these women’s experiences of legal integration as a particular form of existence that is, at times, expressed by them and other families of Afghan background with the metaphor of being ‘birds without legs’. The metaphor conveys their constant mobility. Combining original ethnographic data with the analysis of historical works, we argue that families of Turkic ethnolinguistic background from Afghanistan residing in Turkey have been unable, and at times unwilling to realise refuge, citizenship and settlement as the endpoint of their mobile trajectories.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Afghan women, migration, gender, Turkmen, Uzbek, Turkey
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: D History > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics > DK0033 Ethnography
D History > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics > DK0036 History
D History > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics > DK0501 Local history and description > DK0931 Turkmenistan. Turkmen S.S.R. Turkmenia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN370 Migrations of peoples (General)
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Depositing User: Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2022 16:31
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 16:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106285

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