'I've had it with them!' Younger migrant women's spatial practices of conformity and resistance

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This article examines how younger migrant women from Turkey maneuver the public and private spaces of their everyday lives in a neighborhood in Germany, and how they challenge and affirm the patriarchal practices and gender norms that husbands, fathers, and older migrant women seek to impose within and outside private homes. Younger migrant women selectively comply with gendered and generational norms of veiling and dress, while at the same time also reworking gender roles, and avoiding and transgressing masculinist spaces. Younger migrant women's practices and spatial representations in mental maps reveal the complex entanglements of compliances and resistance, and dispel simple assumptions of being overwhelmingly victimized by their potentially violent men that are so prominent in contemporary Western societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-36
Number of pages18
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013

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Funding Information:
The research for this article was in part supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-0000282). Shorter versions of this article were presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers and of the German Studies Association, and at a seminar of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Gender and Geography. I thank Mary E. Thomas, Michael Samers, Lucinda Ramberg, Srimati Basu, and three anonymous reviewers for their constructive feedback on earlier drafts.


  • gender
  • home
  • immigration
  • public space
  • spatial practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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