Disabled women’s care experiences in Turkey: Intimacy, dependency, independent living

Dikmen Bezmez, Tom Porter

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Abstract

The literature on care relationships and independent living is extensive, although geographically limited, and focuses predominantly on the UK, Scandinavia and the US. This paper explores these themes in the context of Turkey. Through a case study approach, it analyses the experiences of three disabled women with distinctive care arrangements (paid professional, familial informal and an eclectic mix). Cases are discussed in relation to the Turkish context and the existing literature. The paper argues that the experiences of disabled Turkish women need to be understood in relation to the Turkish political economy of care (dependent on family support and undocumented migration), cultural aspects of care (shaped by gendered imagery) and the development of disability rights (characterised by limited independent living). Recognising such universal and locally specific aspects of care and independent living across geographies will contribute to a fuller understanding of disabled people’s experiences and enhance theories of care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-67
Number of pages14
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Care
  • Disabled Women
  • Independent Living
  • Personal Assistance
  • Turkey

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