A Social History of Late Ottoman Women by Duygu Köksal

By Duygu Köksal

In "A Social heritage of the overdue Ottoman Women," Duygu Koksal and Anastasia Falierou compile new learn on girls of other geographies and groups of the past due Ottoman Empire focusing relatively at the ways that girls received energy and exercised agency."

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Buturovic and Irvin C. B. Tauris, 2007), 127–152; Emine Tutku Vardağlı, “Tobacco Labor Politics in the Province of Thessaloniki: Cross-communal and Cross-gender Relations,” PhD thesis, Boğaziçi University, 2011, especially chapter VI. 28 Finally, a discussion of the late Ottoman public sphere also needs to take single women into consideration, as new actors in and subjects of education, literature, and the arts, and in the fields of labor and the media. The single woman appears as an emergent site where the private and public are redefined.

All in all, research demonstrates that in the late Ottoman context, not only has the ‘private’ moved into the ‘public,’ but ‘publicness’ itself has also been expanded and is being theoretically refashioned. 29 Work from far-flung geographies has further nourished discussion on this term, as women’s studies undertaken in widely different societies enters into dialogue on these issues. Examples like Mary Ryan’s work on nineteenth-century American women, Carol Smart’s assessment of the public/private in American revolutionary thought, Belinda Davis’s 27 For examples of Muslim women’s working conditions, see Elif Mahir Metinsoy, “Poor Ottoman Turkish Women During World War I: Women’s Experiences and Politics in Everyday Life, 1914–1923,” PhD thesis (Boğaziçi University, 2012), especially chapter 7.

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