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Beyond Headscarf Culture in Turkey’s Retail Sector (Hardcover) (Feyda Sayan-cengiz)
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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 stratifications 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, focus groups with lower middle class saleswomen with headscarves, and ethnographic study in five cities of Turkey, Beyond the Headscarf Culture in Turkey's Retail Sector argues that the meanings of the headscarf are continuously negotiated within the quest for social and economic security.
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Customs + Traditions, Islam / Rituals + Practice, Women's Studies
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Feyda Sayan-cengiz
Street Date: January 20, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-3230
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