New Arrangements of Embodiment, Materiality, Love and Gender in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party

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This chapter explores how gender and love are constituted in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (pkk) and the extent to which the effect of material agency can be identified in relation to the constitution of gender and love. It analyses data, based on my observation of and interviews with pkk members and the party’s written material. Drawing on theoretical insights and concepts from Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Karen Barad, the chapter argues that constructionist insights advance understandings of how the pkk’s discourse on gender and love is naturalised through an all-encompassing disciplining of bodies in iterative acts. However, these insights need supplement from new materialism and its encouragement to explore the effects of non-human agents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntanglements and Weavings : Diffractive Approaches to Gender and Love
EditorsDeirdre Byrne, Marianne Schleicher
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill | Rodopi
Publication date19 Nov 2020
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-44145-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-44146-0
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2020
SeriesValue Inquiry Book Series


  • PKK
  • Abdullah Öcalan
  • Women warriors
  • Kurds
  • Militant movement
  • Guerilla war
  • Michel Foucault
  • Judith Butler
  • Karen Barad
  • New materialism

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