1st Edition

Women’s Empowerment in Turkey and Beyond

Edited By Kursat Cinar Copyright 2020
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    Women’s Empowerment in Turkey and Beyond offers a methodologically, theoretically, and empirically rich analysis of women’s empowerment in male-dominated societies, juxtaposing the Turkish case in comparative perspective.

    The volume explores institutional and societal obstacles against women’s empowerment in patriarchal communities, how women cope and bargain with patriarchy in such societies, and how they try to achieve better living standards for themselves and their families. It also pinpoints areas for improvement in women’s empowerment via institutional and societal change in the areas of education, economics, politics, and social life. Interdisciplinary contributors offer in-depth fieldwork analyses as well as rigorous statistical techniques. The multi-disciplinary and multi-method nature of the book provides both breadth and depth to the study of women’s empowerment and offers fertile ground for further research on gender politics.

    Interdisciplinary in nature, Women’s Empowerment in Turkey and Beyond will be of great interest to scholars of Gender Politics, Turkish Studies and Women’s Empowerment. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Turkish Studies.


    Kürsat Çinar

    1. Women and the city: female empowerment in the world, 1960–2014

    Kürsat Çinar

    2. Does migration contribute to women’s empowerment? Portrait of urban Turkey and Istanbul

    Deger Eryar, Hasan Tekgüç and Sule Toktas

    3. Untangling the gender gap: nomination and representativeness in Turkish local elections

    Kerem Yildirim and Gülnur Kocapinar

    4. Women’s empowerment on a local level in Turkey: the case of violence against women

    Berrin Koyuncu and Ahu Sumbas

    5. The making of the ‘new’ patriarch in women’s self-narrations of political empowerment: the case of local female AKP politicians in the aftermath of 2009 elections

    Sezen Yaras

    6. Married to Anatolian Tigers: business masculinities, relationalities, and limits to empowerment

    Selin Akyüz, Feyda Sayan-Cengiz, Asli Çirakman and Dilek Cindoglu


    Kürşat Çınar is an Assistant Professor at Middle East Technical University, Department of Political Science & Public Administration. He conducts research on party politics, democratization, and gender politics. He has published in respected journals such as Politics & Gender, Democratization, and Political Studies and his most recent book 'The Decline of Democracy in Turkey' was published by Routledge (2019). Dr. Çınar is a Fulbright and EU Marie Curie Alumnus and the recipient of the 2019 Science Academy of Turkey Distinguished Young Scientist of the Year and the 2013 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards. He is also one of the Associate Editors of Politics & Gender.