International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

THE USES OF URBAN SPACE: The Case of Immigrant Women from Turkey in Berlin
Associate Professor Sema Buz

Abstract
Generally, women are invisible in the uses of urban spaces. In the case of migration, this invisibility is experienced more negatively because of the gendered division of labor and the disadvantages which are brought by migration itself. Because of gender role expectations, instead of using big spaces like urban public spaces, the migrant women use small urban places like home more. In this study, it is aimed to specify the way in which the migrant women from Turkey in Berlin use the urban spaces. In-depth interviews have been conducted as part of this study and it has been observed that the migrant women use the scales of home and neighborhood during their everyday lives. Everyday experiences of the women and reproduction of household shape these women’s uses of urban spaces. Furthermore, it has been observed that family and close social ties are also effective on these women’s uses of urban spaces. For social integration of the migrant women, special measures should be taken. It is necessary to implement programs of gender inequality for these women to use urban spaces more.

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