Exploring the intersections: subordination and resistance among Kurdish women in Aydınlı, Tuzla

Çağlayan, Hülya (2011) Exploring the intersections: subordination and resistance among Kurdish women in Aydınlı, Tuzla. [Thesis]

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This study aims to explore the intersecting dynamics of social exclusion in low-class Kurdish women's lives in the Aydınlı neighborhood, Tuzla-Istanbul. Women's narratives show that Aydınlı is a setting of urban poverty and marginalization. This thesis argues that Kurdish women are ''urban outcasts'', who are subordinated by the intersecting dynamics of gender, class and ethnicity. Based on in-depth interviews and participant observation, this study argues that there are multiple agents consisting of class, ethnicity and gender, which lead to women's subordination. Women's narratives on language, identity, poverty and patriarchal oppression show that, these multiple agents should not be analyzed separately from one another. This thesis argues that, there are heterogeneous identities as well as differing factors of intersectionality, since women do not encounter the pressures of gender, ethnicity and class at the same time and in equal degrees. This study aims to contribute to the existing feminist literature in Turkey by posing these complex dynamics of intersectionality. Besides, aiming to provide an intersectional approach for poverty studies in Turkey, this research argues that women encounter constant threats which may approximate them to absolute poverty. These threats are determined and reproduced by the intersectionality of gender, ethnicity and class. The ways women manage to display particular resistances against these multiple agents constitute another focal point of this research. This study argues that women perform resistances against the dynamics of marginalization, which are reproduced at the neighborhood, as well as in households and workplaces with the intersecting dynamics of class, gender and ethnicity in Aydınlı.
Item Type: Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social exclusion. -- Urban poverty. -- Intersectionality. -- Ethnicity. -- Gender. -- Feminism. -- Women workers. -- Women labour force. -- Women problems. -- Women. -- Working class. -- Female worker. -- Workers. -- Labour. -- Home work. -- Istanbul-Tuzla-Aydinli. -- Anthropology. -- Urban marginalization. -- Toplumsal dışlanma. -- Kent yoksulluğu. -- Kesişimsellik. -- Etnisite. -- Toplumsal cinsiyet. -- Feminizm. -- Kadın işçiler. -- Kadın iş gücü. -- Kadın sorunları. -- Kadınlar. -- İşçi sınıfı. -- İşçi kadınlar. -- İşçiler. -- İş gücü. -- Evde çalışma. -- Emek. -- İstanbul-Tuzla-Aydınlı. -- Antropoloji. -- Kentsel dışlanma.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Depositing User: IC-Cataloging
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 14:40
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 09:57
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/21407

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