'We always open our doors for visitors' - Hospitality as homemaking strategy for refugee women in Istanbul

Rottmann, Susan Beth and Nimer, Maissam (2021) 'We always open our doors for visitors' - Hospitality as homemaking strategy for refugee women in Istanbul. Migration Studies, 9 (3). pp. 1380-1398. ISSN 2049-5838 (Print) 2049-5846 (Online)

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This article examines social relations for Syrian women in Istanbul by focusing on micro-level lived relationships of hospitality. Through an ethnographic, qualitative approach to key sites of encounter, the article explores how migrants navigate a public milieu in which hospitality has partially been taken away from the local community's moral oversight in a context of a national political discourse on hospitality. We also analyze 'hosting' and 'guesting' as mutually negotiated and contested practices. This study highlights the agency and resistance strategies of Syrian women to their 'differential inclusion' into Turkish society. It examines how they navigate (in)hospitality and also unpacks the use of virtuous dimensions of hospitality (1) to reverse discriminatory ethnic and class discourses and renegotiate subjectivities that are imposed upon them as 'guests'; (2) to bring forward perceived cultural similarities between Syria and Turkey; and (3) to revalorize their roles and status in their families. The contribution of this study is to focus on hospitality as a means of theorizing how women navigate complex and conflicting, familiar and yet also new, social ecologies as they make themselves at home.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency; gender; hospitality; refugee; social class; social integration
Divisions: Istanbul Policy Center
Depositing User: IC-Cataloging
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 13:15
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 13:15
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/44172

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