||"Bargaining with Patriarchy: A Study of Young Married
Meskhetian Turk Women in the United States"
A Center for Gender Studies Invited Address by
The Presentation is Open to the Public ~ Admission is Free
|Presentation Location & Time:
Location: Heth 043 ~ Time: 5:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. ~ February
2019 ~ Radford University, Radford, VA.
"Social norms among immigrant groups coming from patriarchal communities are changing at differing rates in the US.
Based on an ethnographic study of women's social groups and networks in a community of Meskhetian Turk immigrants
recently settled in the United States, this study explores the effects of migration on gender roles and power. As a strictly patriarchal community, expectations
about education and participation to workforce have shifted in the United States. Women’s attending to college and working outside of home are normative.
Despite all of these changes, women still are expected to perform all household and child-rearing activities. Interviews with young Meskhetian Turk women are used
to illustrate the conflict between norms about education, workforce, and family. Many young women resolve this normative conflict by giving preference
to family over work and education. They postpone their education if they are expecting a baby and complete their higher education degree after their babies
are born. As a prolonged stateless community, Meskhetian Turks aim to establish their lives in the United States. In this study, I propose that the motivation
to establish a homeland in the United States strengthen women’s bargaining with patriarchy to participate in higher education and workforce while they are
fulfilling their duties at home. They hope to have sons in order to advance their position as a mother and then mother in law. I conclude that women’s
life-long struggle is in fact a technique of negotiating with patriarchy, and, in so doing, they not only internalize the culture which rests on their
subordination but also reproduce it in older age in exercising power by oppressing other junior
women".1Dr. Hulya Dogan
Areas of Research
"Migration and refugees, displacement and statelessness, transnationalism, gender, identity, anthropology of
ethnography; Middle East, Central Asia, and North America": Also See
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"Dr. Dogan completed her Ph.D. in
Anthropology at Texas
A&M University in August 2016, in addition to an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender
Studies. Her research and teaching interests
include a geographic focus on the Middle East, and a topical focus on migrants and refugees in a global context. Her dissertation, entitled “Conceptions of
Homeland and Identity among Meskhetian Turk Refugees in the U.S. and Turkey: Intersection of Gender, Generation and the Religion in Diaspora”, focused on the
Meskhetian Turks, a Muslim ethnic group that has experienced multiple displacements, violent persecution, and ongoing exile over the past seven decades."
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Dr. Hulya Dogan
Office: CHBS 3116
Radford University ~ Radford, VA
background Information Please Visit: Dr.
Dogan's 2018 Resume
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