Title

Femicide and the speaking state: Woman killing and woman (Re)making in Turkey

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2020

Abstract

© 2020 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies High rates of gender-based violence and sexist political rhetoric are central features of contemporary Turkey. This article explores the complex relationship between the two by drawing on the literature that investigates the (re)making of the category of “woman” in the Middle East and the scholarship on femicide/feminicide. The article employs critical discourse analysis of ruling politicians’ gender-normative statements and shows how they reconstruct the category of “proper woman” as one with institutional and social consequences that compromise women’s safety. Using John L. Austin’s theory of performative speech acts, the article develops a theory of the speaking state to explain the effects of political speech. Ultimately it argues that the politics of “woman making” is central to “the politics of woman killing.”

Publication Name

Journal of Middle East Women's Studies

Volume Number

16

First Page

283

Last Page

306

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1215/15525864-8637409

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