My faithfull machine: the role of technology in daily life the case of singer sewing machine in Turkey

İşler Sarıoğlu, Ayşen
This thesis aims to investigate the role of domestic technology in daily life. It focuses on the impact of household technologies upon women’s lives and attempts to address the questions of how women could create an agency through technology to transform their lives and how a technological appliance could act to empower women. Of all household technologies, Singer sewing machine was chosen owing to its representative nature. Accordingly, the thesis provides a brief history of Singer Company in order to describe the major aspects of both the Singer Company and the sewing machine technology. It is argued that sewing machine technology became a convenient tool for women to transform their lives both economically and socially. The testimonies of the women interviewed for this thesis show that their technological skills were a significant part of their identity. Furthermore, middle-class Turkish women used this technology to meet middle class standards whenever they and their families aspired to.


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Citation Formats
A. İşler Sarıoğlu, “My faithfull machine: the role of technology in daily life the case of singer sewing machine in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.