Cazgır, Kardelen Dilara
In last the few decades, the current multi-layered crises and their gender dimension have been widely criticized by many activists, social movements, and scholars. Starting from the criticisms, the possibility of the imaginary economic and social organizing has been researched and investigated through various methods and principles. In this thesis, the feminist post-development has been discussed, following the pathways of the social solidarity economy (SSE) framework, as envisioned and tangible cases, as one of the critical approaches to development. This thesis aims to analyze how and to what extent women's co-operatives have the potential capacity to create a new path towards women's empowerment and gender equality within SSE framework. Therefore, I focus on women’s empowerment and gender equality, creating an alternative organization of work, and transformative agendas from local through women’s co-operatives. Seeking the alternative models, potentials, and limitations to create alternatives will be evaluated by their challenges, obstacles, strategies, alliances, and achievements. In this thesis, it is claimed that women’s co-operatives from the SSE framework create a variety of models to support and strengthen women’s empowerment and gender equality, democratizing work, and transformative agendas from the local.


Women’s writings under state feminism in Turkey: an analysis of “Kadın gazetesi” from 1947 to 1960 /
Güngör, Melike; Çırakman Deveci, Aslı; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2016)
This thesis analyzes a woman’s journal called ‘Kadın Gazetesi’ in relation with the concept of state feminism. The study is based on an analysis of the issues of the journal published from 1947 to 1960. This thesis investigates how the journal described the images of women in relation to the prevailing hegemonic discourse on womanhood. Thus, the main intention of the study is to discuss the meanings of women’s portrayals in the journal with historical changes resulted to the dominant effect of state feminis...
Local feminisms: a comparative analysis of feminist literary theory and practice in the 1970s in Britain, America, and Turkey
Akdoğan, Şule; Sönmez, Margaret Jeanne M.; Department of English Literature (2016)
Feminism in literary theory and practice has a long and complicated history and the 1970s were critical to that history because it was in that period that feminist criticism showed itself as an influential force, particularly in Western literary works. The decade observed not only enthusiastic feminist protests against a socio-political background but also a ramification of feminism into different branches such as liberalism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis which, in a way, shaped today’s understanding and disc...
The Role of women’s NGOs in women’s empowerment in Turkey
Baherirad, Sara; Kalaycıoğlu, H. Sibel.; Department of Gender and Women's Studies (2020)
The main aim of the thesis is to study women’s empowerment and the role of women’s NGOs in the empowerment process. Women’s empowerment in Turkey is a frequently mentioned topic in the literature however the role of NGOs who conduct projects focusing on women are understudied. In contrast to many others, this research approaches the notion of empowerment in relation to women’s experiences and thoughts. This study aims to contribute to the literature by analyzing these projects from a feminist perspective un...
Women’s changing experiences with patriarchy during rural transformation of Turkey: a case study in a central anatolian town Avanos
Gönüllü Atakan, Ayşe; Hoşgör, Hatice Ayşe; Department of Sociology (2014)
This thesis is a qualitative study on women’s changing patriarchal experiences after 1980s during rural transformation process of a central Anatolian district –Avanos- from a feminist perspective. The main argument of this research that patriarchy and capitalism are the main sources of women’s oppression today, and a change in one affects the other closely. According to the findings of the research, the organization, control and intensity of both productive and reproductive labour of women determine the pat...
Gender, policy, place: ladies' clubs in Ankara
Çavdar, Selin; Günay, Baykan; Department of City and Regional Planning (2010)
There is a substantial amount of studies concerning the economic, social and political facades of the gender issue, further supported by gender - space discussions. The main aim of this study, however, is to make a survey and analysis of ladies' clubs established and supported by Greater Ankara Municipality; in order to define their problematic. The study intends to discover and analyze the policies and legislation developed by the administration about Ladies’ Clubs, to map their distribution in the city an...
Citation Formats
K. D. Cazgır, “WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT THROUGH CO-OPERATIVES: THE CASE OF WOMEN’S CO-OPERATIVES IN IZMIR,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.