Construction of central knowledge of family: family structure analysis in Turkey through state surveys 1968, 1988, 2006, 2011

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2016




This dissertation analyzes how centralized knowledge about the family has been structured by the state through stitching it between time and space on the topos of society. States’ socio-political intentions related to the institution of family have been also embedded in scientific investigation process. In this realm, I argue that statistics and structural functionalist theoretical framework have been intensively used in the state funded surveys. In order to elucidate the role of the state in respect to formation of centralized knowledge about family structure, this dissertation focuses on four nationwide quantitative surveys which are funded by state institutions, including Family Structure and Population Problems in Turkey by Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies, Turkish Family Structure by State Planning Organization and State Statistical Institute, Research on Family Structure in Turkey 2006 by General Directorate of Family and Social Research with Turkish Statistical Institute, and Research on Family Structure in Turkey 2011 by Ministry of Family and Social Policies.