By B. Eliassi
Contesting Kurdish Identities in Sweden sheds gentle at the daily innovations of lodging and resistance that Kurdish early life use within the face specific narratives and buildings of belonging and citizenship regimes within the Middle-East and Sweden.
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Colonialism persists with invidious effects and this affects us all. (Treacher, 2005, p. 49) 44 O Contesting Kurdish Identities in Sweden Colonialism thus has disciplinary and self-governing effects on (post)colonial subjects, structuring and intruding into their psyches, subjectivities, and bodies. In this light, Fanon (2008/1952) interrogated the impact of colonialism and racism on the subjectivity of black men and women and argued that black subjects were instilled with a complex of inferiority and self-contempt with respect to white men and women.
Due to internal disputes and power struggles within PDKI and Komala, the Kurdish movements expressed a sense of political confusion and fragmented political fronts vis-à-vis Iran’s Islamic regime (Ahmadzadeh & Stansfield, 2010). Following the election of Muhammad Khatami as president of Iran in 1996, many Kurds and Iranians became hopeful that real social and political changes and reforms would emerge in Iran. Although Khatami created a much more favorable political and cultural space for the Iranians than previous hard-liners within the Islamic regime of Iran, this political opening did not meet the Kurds’ political demands.
Kurdish willingness to remain a part of Iraq has decreased following the rising power of the Iraqi central government and militarization of the disputed areas under the leadership of Maliki. The antagonistic political relationship between KRG and the Iraqi central government has brought Kurdish independence and self-determination to the fore (Özpeck, 2012). However, it remains to be seen how Kurdish officials will make such a political move considering that conflict around the disputed areas is not settled in regard to the political boundary of the Kurdistan Region.
Contesting Kurdish Identities in Sweden: Quest for Belonging among Middle Eastern Youth by B. Eliassi