Community activism and empowerment of Turkish-speaking migrant women in London

Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Cakir, S. G. (2009) Community activism and empowerment of Turkish-speaking migrant women in London. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 5 (1). pp. 34-46. ISSN 1747-9894.

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Abstract

Post-migration hardship often affects the integration processes of migrants from non-English speaking countries and in particular of migrant women who often come as ‘dependents’ of male migrants. Institutional, social and cultural barriers make integration for migrant women slow and difficult to achieve. Involvement in community self-help and mutual aid is an important strategy for disadvantaged groups in overcoming hardship and building social networks and capital. Community organisations are a bridge for migrants to access welfare rights and benefits, and to communicate with host local communities. This paper discusses the findings of a small-scale study on the community activism of Turkish-speaking women in London. Focus group meetings were conducted with self-help/mutual aid groups run by Turkish-speaking migrant women, using a typology of group political ideology and focus of change. Analysis showed that group participation was an empowering experience and a crucial strategy for integration in the host society. Depending on the type of the group, women acknowledged personal or social benefits from group participation. Implications for promoting service user empowerment and involvement of migrant communities through mutual aid activities are considered.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0640 Refugee problems
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Prof Eleni Hatzidimitriadou
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 19:04
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 19:04
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13186

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