Beyond to Privacy and Family Bonds: What Are the Promises of Solidarity Communities to Women?
This study focuses on women’s experience as commoners in communities which are organized with egalitarian, solidarist, non-hierarchic and collectivist principles in Turkey. By utilizing qualitative methods, the study examines solidarity networks as alternative public spaces which go beyond public-private duality and familialist bonds in terms of empowerment and liberation of women. The discussion follows these questions: i) How does being a commoner in these communities, in contrast to patriarchal and familialist roles, change women’s lives? ii) How do the egalitarian and non-hierarchic principles that are claimed to be held by such networks of solidarity work in the decision-making, actualisation and labour processes in terms of gender equality? When do they fail? iii) How do the heterogenous encounters which occur in solidarity networks differ from familial bonds in terms of “trust”, “conflict” or “negotiation” in women’s lives?