603.3 Irony of "having leisure time" in the absence of men

Friday, August 3, 2012: 2:50 PM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Esra DEMIRKOL , Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
The main aim of this study is to understand how women’s lives change after their husbands’ migration from Fatsa (Turkey) to Nagoya (Japan) since the beginning of 1990s. While women's lives have changed dramatically after husbands' migration in different aspects, leisure becomes one of the problematic areas for woman as being  "single".  Following husband’s migration to Japan, fundamental changes take place in woman’s area of responsibility and her social status. Woman, who becomes the head of the house as she lives in a separate house, has to take care of outdoor duties. In this respect, despite the assistance of the families or the instructions of man from Japan, the main subject is now woman.Although women can take care of the practical part of these responsibilities, they are psychologically quite consumed away, and they feel themselves alone and different from other married women. Though women’s starting to perform outdoor duties appears to be the case that women take part more in social life, it actually increases the pressure on them. Despite they are married, they are treated as “widows” in the eye of the society and family, and even if they do not want they have to accept this new identity. Fear of being gossiped about hinders the fact that women can create a mechanism of solidarity among women remained in Fatsa.  For this reason, their lives take a more self-enclosed state and they start meeting only the family members. It is again the woman remained in Fatsa who picks up the cost of this process, which is endured in order to overcome the financial difficulty, with her life turned into a home confinement. During this "home confinement", how is women's so-called leisure time shaped?