International Conference on Eurasian Economies

International Conference on Eurasian Economies

17-18 September 2013 – St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

Paper detail

Paper ID : 786
Status : Paper published
Language : Turkish
Topic : Microeconomics and Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Asst. Prof. Dr. Zerrin Sungur
Session : 3C Girişimcilik

Women Entrepreneurship in Slow Cities of Turkey from a Sociological Perspective
Türkiye'nin Sakin Şehirlerindeki Kadın Girişimciliğine Sosyolojik Bir Bakış


Cittàslow movement was established in Italy in 1999. The Slow City movement incorporates a philosophy and a commitment to maintain the cultural heritage and quality of life of their membership towns. A slow city aims to improve the quality of life of its citizens and its visitors. Member towns are obliged to pursue local projects protecting local cultures, contributing to a relaxed pace of life, creating conviviality and hospitality and promoting a unique sense of place and local distinctiveness. There are nine slow cities in Turkey in 2013. This study examines the women entrepreneurship in slow cities of Turkey from a sociological perspective. Slow cities offer many opportunities in the meaning of local development especially for women in Turkey. They can engage with small business, hand-crafts, and organic farming in slow cities. But training of women, certification of the quality of artisan products and awareness of the citizens of slow cities are the critical issues in the sustainable local development process. Therefore, it is possible to increase income level of women living in slow cities in Turkey and also to preserve local tastes.

JEL codes: Z13, L26, Q01

Sungur, Zerrin (2013). "Women Entrepreneurship in Slow Cities of Turkey from a Sociological Perspective" in Proceedings of International Conference of Eurasian Economies 2013, pp.641-648, St. Petersburg, RUSSIA.


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Session 3C: Girişimcilik

Beykent University Turkish Central Bank TIKA