The relationship between social stratification, gender and religion: A study on the daily life of religious women from the upper socio-economic class

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2020

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Fatma Güler

Supervisor: VEJDİ BİLGİN


The case study aims to analyze the worldview and daily life of women from the upper socio-economic class, in the context of stratification, gender and religion. The first chapter deals with the theories of stratification by addressing the general sociological tendency based on class and status, as well as some related methodological problems. In the formation of the sample universe, geographical views suggest that in the context of historical data on bourgeoisie the visibility of wealth inside homes as a rapture becomes explanatory, whereas settlement-based theories suggest that another dimension of stratification, namely “urban segregation” becomes explanatory. Gender and religion which transforms space and body as well as family roles are two key consepts that explains “spatial separation”. And, “spatial separation” clarifies the public-private dichotomy in daily life and in particular for religious women. Lifestyle analyses are handled within the context of the worldview analysis of the sample group. The qualifications of the study group are analyzed based on culture and consumption-oriented explanations as well in the context of secularization and conservatization. In the second part, the physical characteristics of the sample universe namely Bademli Neighborhood and its process of gaining the qualities of being a "settlement of rich people" as well as the preferences of the sample group are explained. In this case study, in-dept and participant observation interview methods are used. The findings of this study are then used to interpret the status of religous women in the upper socioeconomic class in alternative appearances of social instutions such as family, leisure time consumption and their worldview in connection with the traditional and modern references.