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The Situation of Syrian Women in Turkey

  • Tuba Duman
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Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 20)

Abstract

This study aims to investigate polygamist marriages of Turkish men with refugee Syrian women and its consequences on Syrian women and the Turkish community. The data includes in-depth interviews and content analysis. The interviews, which addressed experiences and ideas about these marriages were conducted with Turkish people in Şanlıurfa (a border city with Syria) and Ankara (the capital of Turkey). Additionally, the content analysis includes articles on polygamist marriages with Syrian women in Turkish newspapers. The study concludes that many people believe that marriages conducted by Turkish men with Syrian women harm Turkish family life and social order. Furthermore, Syrian women are victims of these marriages. The reasons for this are that they are informal marriages and many women accept them because of their vulnerability. They may be cheated or lied to about the conditions of the marriages and they are also often the accused party and are stigmatized as home wreckers.

Keywords

Syrian Women Refugees Polygamy Stigmatization Turkish society Şanlıurfa Ankara 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuba Duman
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  1. 1.Department of SociologySocial Sciences University of Ankara (ASBU)AnkaraTurkey

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