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Marginalization of women’s knowledge: the case of Syrian women in Turkey

Süner Koç, Eda
In this study, the relationship between international migration and women is problematized in the case of Syrian women in Turkey through knowledge production practices. Although almost half of the mass immigration population is composed of Syrian women, generated knowledge about them is quite limited. In this context, it is claimed that Syrian women's knowledge is marginalized based on the assumption that their knowledge is invisible, left behind, and unrecognized. The feminist standpoint theory, which points at starting from the experiences of marginal groups to reveal this information, is both the theoretical and the methodological approach of this study. From this approach, it is argued that generating locally and globally positioned women's knowledge would be a better reality narration, by criticizing universal, essentialist, and hierarchical knowledge-producing practices. Concordantly, eighty-seven field, situation, and research reports, which were published between 2011 and 2018 by various institutions who were involved in the knowledge-producing process about Syrians, are examined based on feminist standpoint theory. Accordingly, it is analyzed that Syrian women's knowledge is marginalized through not addressing Syrian women as a research subject, male-dominated assumptions forming the design of the research including descriptive analysis ignoring power relations and stereotyping Syrian women as dependent and passive. Moreover, different types of marginality are found to intersect in the knowledge production process in epistemological, methodological, and socio-cultural spheres. Thus, it is understood that the knowledge about Syrian women is marginalized contextually and positionally.