The political economy of women's cooperatives in Turkey: A social reproduction perspective

Uğur-Çınar, Meral
Çınar, Süleyman Kürşat
Öncüler-Yayalar, Emine
Akyüz, Selin
The article analyzes the viability of women's participation in women's cooperatives in Turkey. The prospects are evaluated by focusing on the sustainability of the cooperatives' economic activities as well as the recruitment and continuedparticipation of individual women members. Taking a feminist social reproduction perspective, the article seeks to understand the underlying dynamics of women's participation in cooperatives, as this perspective enables us to analyzethis participation as a process and captures the permeability between women's social reproduction duties, women's relationship with the state, and the economic market. Based on countrywide, semi-structured in-depth interviews withmembers of women's cooperatives in Turkey, we find that familial constraints as well as governmental policies and practices challenge women's economic development aspirations in the cooperatives, while social class deeply informsthe challenges faced as well as the resources available to and strategies developed by women. The resulting analysis demonstrates that familial, social, and political issues related to social reproduction need to be addressed prior to focusingon the impact of cooperatives on women's empowerment. This is essential to ensuring the success of women's cooperatives and the continued provision of meaningful opportunities for women's participation.


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M. Uğur-Çınar, S. K. Çınar, E. Öncüler-Yayalar, and S. Akyüz, “The political economy of women’s cooperatives in Turkey: A social reproduction perspective,” GENDER, WORK & ORGANIZATION, vol. 1, pp. 1–22, 2022, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: