Beyond orientalism: exploring the distinctive feminism of democratic confederalism in Rojava

Shahvisi, Arianne (2018) Beyond orientalism: exploring the distinctive feminism of democratic confederalism in Rojava. Geopolitics. ISSN 1465-0045

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Abstract

Women have been central to the revolution in Rojava, leading to widespread interest in the Kurdish women’s movement across Western contexts. Yet Western mass media representations of women combatants tend to be objectifying and superficial, glossing over the unique variety of feminism, known as “jineology,” that is core to the political system of Rojava, which operates according to the ideology of “democratic confederalism.” This paper is intended as a corrective to the inadequate representation of the theory and praxis of the women’s movement in Rojava. It approaches this task by: (a) critiquing the popular representation of women in Rojava, and (b) providing an overview of some of the features of the distinctive feminism that are in operation, with a focus on intersectionality, autonomous spaces, and combatting masculinity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Depositing User: Arianne Shahvisi
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 12:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80502

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