This study focuses on informal barriers about women’s working in public sphere and how women are
finding solutions to this problem; accordingly, field research was conducted in a tailor shop as an
example of semi-public space. In this ethnographic field research that benefits from feminist
methodological perspective, participant observation, and informal/unstructured interviews were
conducted and also verbal data was gathered from 8 women through semi-structured interviews.
According to findings of the study, it was observed that women have gained strength and improved
resistance strategies against patriarchy through this semi-public space and also this space has been an
interaction sphere enabling encounters of different women. In this regard, the study draws attention to
importance of thinking and discussing on women’s publicity within this context because of inefficiency
of private-public dichotomy in this problem.
Patriarchy, semi-public sphere, feminist ethnography, work outside the home, women’s
Çiğdem Yasemin ÜNLÜ