By Gul Ozyegin
--Deniz Kandiyoti, college of Oriental and African reviews, collage of London
Untidy Gender takes readers into the interconnected worlds of Turkish maids and the ladies who hire them, tracing the incorporation of rural migrant ladies into the interiors of the family spheres of the city middle-classes. Firmly grounded in information accrued via a consultant survey of a hundred and sixty household staff, in-depth interviews, and player statement within the kinship-based groups of family staff, this e-book forges a brand new knowing of the advanced interplay among gender and sophistication subordination.
Ozyegin lines the lives of 2 different types of staff; these from the squatter settlements who paintings in a few destinations, and those that dwell with husbands hired as "doorkeepers" or development superintendents within the basements of middle-class house constructions. In a literal "upstairs, downstairs" association, the latter ladies occasionally tackle residence cleansing for consumers within the building.
At the heart of the ebook are a couple of ironies approximately patriarchy. at the floor, husbands have absolute keep an eye on over even if their better halves paintings, yet a few ladies paintings in mystery, and people "doorkeeper" husbands who enable their better halves to paintings frequently offer baby care themselves. sarcastically, the very constraints at the spatial and social mobility of the ladies creates a exertions marketplace within which household staff' hard work is pricey and never without difficulty approaching, which, in flip, supplies them a level of strength in negotiating their dating with their middle-class employers.
Untidy Gender deals insights not just into the gender and sophistication dynamics of Turkish society, yet contributes to the refinement of relevant phrases of feminist scholarship and learn on paintings within the casual area, cross-class family among girls, gender and sophistication inequality, and women's studies of modernity and urbanization. the writer ends with a private account of her personal problems with the category tensions of the maid-employer relationship.
"Untidy Gender makes contributions to plenty of debates in numerous social technological know-how fields and sub-fields. And it does so on a very sound methodological base: Ozyegin was once in a position to build a random pattern for her 'women within the basement.' this can be the greatest of analysis, and will be exact within the study annals of stories of household workers."
--Rae Lesser Blumberg, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, collage of Virginia
"This unique publication sheds new gentle at the dynamics of modernity and newly constituted city identities. via a cautious ethnographic examine of paid family paintings, Ozyegin illuminates the numerous ways that kinfolk of sophistication and gender inequalities are formed and maintained. American audiences attracted to rural-urban migrants, in intersectionalities of race, type, and gender, and in identities, energy, and resistance within the office will locate probably the most compelling ethnography and lots of beneficial theoretical nuggets during this book."
--Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, affiliate Professor, division of Sociology, collage of Southern California
"Ozyegin offers a state of the art research of the complexities of modernization by way of concentrating on gender relatives. whereas averting various rhetorical traps round questions of 'difference' Ozyegin seamlessly weaves jointly a thoughtfully articulated conception with a meticulous empirical research of patriarchal and sophistication relations...
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