Sedef Arat-Koç is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University . She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her Ph.D. thesis is entitled Peasants, Hegemony and the Politics of “Normal Times”: The Cases of the Republican Peoples’ Party and the Democrat Party, Turkey. She also holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bogazici Üniversitesi (Turkey). Dr. Arat-Koç joined the Department of Politics and Public Administration in January 2006. Before coming to Ryerson, she was Associate Professor at the Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Sociology at Trent University. Sedef’s research interests include immigration policy and citizenship, especially as they affect immigrant women; transnational feminism; politics of imperialism; racialization and the politics of racism; and reconfiguration of social and political identities under neoliberal globalization. Currently, she is working on “whiteness” in Turkey as a cultural, political and class identity in the context of neoliberalism and post-cold war geopolitics.
Even when done in “public” and for pay, the work of housekeeping and caregiving in capitalist society is problematic. This book shows how the work of reproduction is subordinated and devalued in the marketplace as well as at home.
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