Dinçer, Cemile Gizem
My dissertation focuses on the experiences of Iranian refugee women in Turkey who await resettlement in Canada, the USA, and various European Countries. Asylum seekers from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq are assigned to satellite cities in Turkey until their resettlement. The lives of refugees waiting without any social or financial support are deeply shaped by satellite city regulation, and the satellite city emerges as an important category of analysis to understand the multifaceted experiences of refugees in Turkey. Based on ten months of ethnographic research with a feminist methodology in one of those satellite cities — namely Yalova — I ask, how do refugee women experience satellite city restrictions, labor exploitation, and gendered violence during their period of waiting in Turkey and, what kind of strategies do they use to resist these oppressive conditions? With a focus on Iranian women, my research demonstrates that their experience in Yalova entails multiple and multi-layered forms of gendered violence, ranging from encounters with legal system down to their everyday practices, all while being exposed to fierce exploitation in the informal labor market, compounded by the constant looming threat of deportation. However, by cultivating solidarity, they also create ways to navigate and negotiate the restrictions of the asylum regime and never give up claiming their lives. By locating women’s experiences at the center of the research, I aim to make refugee women’s experiences and the structures that reshape them visible and to map the relationship between heteropatriarchy, racism, and capitalism.


Women, Migration and Asylum in Turkey Developing Gender-Sensitivity in Migration Research, Policy and Practice
Coşkun, Emel; Kaşka, Selmin; Williams, Lucy (Palgrave Macmillan, London , 2020-01-01)
DescriptionThis book examines the migration of women as gendered subjects to and from Turkey, using feminist research practices to explore a range of diverse experiences of migrant women as refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented or documented migrants. The collection includes contributions from researchers, practitioners, and migrants themselves to present a nuanced analysis that challenges binary divisions between ‘forced’ and ‘voluntary’ migrants and highlights the political and social agency of refugee a...
Gendered citizenship: experiences and perceptions of the Bulgarian Turkish immigrant women
Kaytan, Özge; Aslan Akman, Canan; Department of Gender and Women's Studies (2014)
The aim of this thesis is to analyze the citizenship experiences and perceptions of the Bulgarian Turkish immigrant women with specific reference to their participation to the public sphere, their engagements in the private sphere, different socialization processes they have been through and their daily lives. It is argued that the Bulgarian Turkish women’s citizenship practices were constructed through their ethnic minority identity in Bulgaria, in Turkey their citizenship has become a gendered construct d...
Assyrian transnational politics: activism from europe towards homeland
Arıkan, Burçak; Strasser, Sabine; Department of International Relations (2011)
ASSYRIAN TRANSNATIONAL POLITICS: ACTIVISM FROM EUROPE TOWARDS HOMELAND ARIKAN BURÇAK Department of International Relations Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Strasser January 2011, 105 pages This thesis examines the transnational political practices Assyrian diaspora undertakes in Europe to generate a positive change in the minority rights of Assyrians in Turkey. Based on inductive reading of existing literature on transnational migration and transnational politics and my own research I conducted in the fo...
Changing discourse on women and islam in Turkey in ethnographic studies
Onur, Petek; Saktanber, Ayşe Nur; Department of Sociology (2016)
This thesis provides an analysis of the change of ethnographic discourse on women and Islam in Turkey. Based on the theoretical framework of feminist postcolonial theory it analyses the ethnographic studies as texts and focuses on the concepts of subjectivity, subalternnes, otherness, and agency in Muslim women's discursive representations and binarism, Eurocentricism, essentialism in the way discourse is produced. It adopts Michel Foucault’s theorization of discourse, knowledge and power as a methodology t...
Gender roles and community formation in Kurdish migrant women
Akbay, Hivda; Kalaycıoğlu, Hediye Sibel; Department of Gender and Women's Studies (2003)
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of the intersecting dynamics of gender and ethnic identities for Kurdish migrant women in Turkey. For this aim it attempts to investigate Kurdish migrant women's everyday lives in their private and public domains, which include in-family, out-family social and economic relations. It is expected that Kurdish women's gender and ethnic identities will intersect in these domains and will be effective in creating a specific ethnic community identity. For this re...
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