Regimes of un/veiling and body control: Turkish students wearing wigs

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Wearing headscarves in universities has been forbidden in Turkey for several years. The implementation of this ban is based on the Higher Education Council's regulations on ‘preventing ideological and political polarisations among university students’. Muslim students with headscarves have found a way around this exclusionary enforcement: wearing wigs. This bodily performance itself creates a contradictory practice, a novel form of veiling turns out to be another form of exhibition/representation. In this paper, we investigate Muslim students’ interpretations of wig-wearing practice through in-depth interviews conducted both in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus.

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