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Ibanez-Tirado, Diana and Khan, Rabia Latif (2023) ''Birds without legs': legal integration as potentiality for women of a Afghan-Turkmen family in Istanbul.' Central Asian Survey, 42 (1). pp. 41-60.

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This article examines how three generations of women in an Afghan–Turkmen family residing in Istanbul, Turkey, have experienced historical migration and legal integration. We deploy the concept of potentiality to convey these women’s experiences of legal integration as a particular form of existence that is, at times, expressed by them and other families of Afghan background with the Dari metaphor of being ‘birds without legs’. The metaphor conveys their constant mobility. Combining original ethnographic data with the analysis of historical works, we argue that families of Turkic ethnolinguistic backgrounds from Afghanistan residing in Turkey have been unable, and at times unwilling, to realize refuge, citizenship and settlement as the endpoint of their mobile trajectories.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Afghan women, migration, gender, Turkmen, Uzbek, Turkey
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 14653354
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2022 09:47
Funders: European Union

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