Ethnographic account of a pedagogical project: sisterhood institution in the Hizmet Movement

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Göktürk Ağın D.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, vol.39, no.5, pp.654-668, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier


This article focuses on the pedagogical project of the Hizmet Movement, with a special focus on its gender politics as they were activated and performed at one of the movement's schools in a peripheral rural city in western Turkey. Through an ethnographic, conversation-based account of female teachers as active and committed adherents of the Movement, this article traces a two-tier approach to the community's pedagogical project: the first is the examination of micro-institutional mobilization units of the Movement, while the second tier is an analysis of key themes in the discourses surrounding gender, characterizing the role and the extent of women's participation in the movement. Drawing on the central gender discourses of the movement, this article reveals the emerging pedagogical model developed by the Movement as the constitution of a new hegemonic form, which I call the conservative sisterhood.'