Article co-authored by Feyda Sayan Cengiz

c02775395“Overcome your anger if you are a man: Silencing women’s agency to voice violence against women”, co-authored by Feyda Sayan Cengiz, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor at ifbilgi) is published by the SSCI-indexed “Women’s Studies International Forum“:

“This study traces the relation between male violence and masculinist norms that attribute political agency exclusively to men. Through critical analysis of a recent campaign initiated as an effort to fight violence against women in Turkey by addressing men as the only agents endowed with agency to solve the problem, we explore the ways in which this discourse risks marginalizing women who seek empowerment through women’s solidarity. The analysis of newspaper columns supporting and promoting the campaign uncovers three patterns of the discursive ground on which the campaign stands: (1) the assumption of a “cultural particularity” in Turkey nested in the traditional family structure which should allegedly be left unquestioned; (2) glorification of values attributed to the masculine; (3) taking violence as an individual problem of “anger management.” We argue that this campaign is inimical to the aim it declares because by marginalizing feminist efforts to question the social and structural patterns of male violence, it deprives women of political agency essential in the struggle against this problem.”

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Book by Feyda Sayan Cengiz

20160203_095338“Beyond Headscarf Culture in Turkey’s Retail Sector”, authored by Feyda Sayan Cengiz, PhD (Assistant Professor at BILGI Faculty of Communication) is published by Palgrave Macmillan:

The headscarf issue draws a great deal of public and academic attention in Turkey, yet the debate largely unfolds within the contours of the discussions over modernization, Westernization, and the Islamic / secular divide. Rarely is there a discussion about how the connotations of the headscarf shift across cleavages of class and status among women wearing it. Instead, the headscarf is typically portrayed as a symbol of Islamic identity, a ‘cover’ that brackets social inequalities other than those based on a supposed ‘clash of identities.’ This study looks beyond these contours by contextualizing the headscarf discussion in an insecure and low status private sector labor market – namely, retail sales. Based on in-depth interviews and focus groups with lower middle class saleswomen with headscarves, this book argues that the meanings of the headscarf are continuously negotiated within the quest for social and economic security.”