Petty commodity production in agriculture cannot survive without women’s labour: from the standpoint of rural women’s life experiences in Turkey

Baturoğlu Balcı, Ülkü
This thesis analyses women’s distinctive and subjective resistance and/or adaptation characteristics to neoliberal transformations towards their own and household/family lives on the basis of the field research conducted in a village in Western Black Sea in Turkey from the approach of Feminist Standpoint Theory as a contemporary feminist critical theory. The thesis argues that such an analysis is helpful to understand the specificities of subjectivities of rural women, which is critical in grasping rural women’s partial knowledge. The focus of the study is limited to the neoliberal transformations in Turkey’s agriculture after 1980s. In consideration of the aim of the study, qualitative research method is used to generate data. Two differently organized semi-structured in-depth interviews are conducted with thirty-three women and eight agricultural experts who are working in the region. Furthermore, direct observation and participant observation are other techniques that are used during the field research.