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A Case Study on the Discourse of Women's Conscientious Objection In Turkey

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    A Case Study on the Discourseof Women’s Conscientious ObjectionIn TurkeyByEda AcaraA Thesis Submitted toSaint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotiain Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies.September, 2010, Halifax, Nova ScotiaCopyright Eda Acara, 2010Approved: Dr. Val MarieJohnsonSupervisor Approved: Dr. Teresa HeffernanSecondary Reader Approved: Dr. Elif Ekin Ak  ş itExternal Examiner Date: September 1, 2010.   A Case Study on the Discourseof Women’s Conscientious ObjectionIn TurkeyByEda AcaraA Thesis Submitted toSaint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotiain Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Women and Gender Studies.September, 2010, Halifax, Nova ScotiaCopyright Eda Acara, 2010Approved:__________________ Dr. Val Marie JohnsonSupervisor Approved: ___________________ Dr. Teresa HeffernanSecondary Reader Approved:___________________ Dr. Elif Ekin Ak  ş itExternal Examiner Date: ___________________    For the Memory of my grandmother, Sabriye Karaçim (1924-2008)    A Case Study on the Discourse of Women’s Conscientious ObjectionIn TurkeyBy Eda Acara Abstract  This study explores militarism, nationalism and gender within the scope of thediscourse of women’s conscientious objection. I engage in a post-structuralist feministanalysis of the discourse of women conscientious objectors, in formal declarations andeveryday practices, as a response to Turkish militarism and militarization processes in the post 1980 era. My analysis draws on the data I gathered from in depth interviews withnine women conscientious objectors as well as examination of women’s and men’s published declarations.September 1, 2010    Acknowledgements I firstly would like to thank all of the women conscientious objectors who haveand have not participated in this thesis project. Their words, declarations, experiences andthe way they are seeing these experiences have been the most powerful inspiration for this thesis. Without them, this thesis would not exist.I would like to thank to my supervisor, Dr. Val Marie Johnson for her continuousmotivation and patience in reading my drafts. Without her suggestions, inspiration andguidance, this thesis would not have been possible.I also would like to express my greatest appreciation to my defense Committeeand proposal defense Committee members, Dr. Teresa Heffernan, Dr. Elif Ekin Ak  ş it andDr. Russell Westhaver for their suggestions and productive criticisms on my work.A special thanks goes to Dr. Ayça Kurto ğ lu and Dr. Yıldız Ecevit, at Middle EastTechnical University, Gender and Women’s Studies Program for listening to mewhenever I am confused with any piece of my interviews. Without their encouragement,inspiration and hard work, I could not have finished this thesis. I also would like to thank them for their deep and close friendship, their Gender and Women’s Studies courses andthe insightful readings of these courses that guided me throughout the thesis process.Besides my professors who helped me to bridge different feminisms overseas, Iwould like to thank my friends Ezgi Sarıta ş , Alptekin Top, Pınar Yüksel, Sevim Özdemir,Özge Karlık, Ülkü Özakın, Aslı Çoban, Barı ş Gencer and Özlem Sarıyıldız for their discussions with me about militarism and conscientious objection in Turkey, for their constant support towards this thesis and belief in me.
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