Women and Public Space in Turkey: Gender, Modernity and the Urban Experience (Library of Modern Turkey)

Women and Public Space in Turkey: Gender, Modernity and the Urban Experience (Library of Modern Turkey)

By: Selda Tuncer (author)Hardback

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Turkey's process of `modernisation' developed rapidly during the second half of the twentieth century. New social and legal reforms were institutionalised and political and economic changes located the country as a more liberated, `Western-style' society. Women and Public Space in Turkey provides a historical understanding of women's experiences of this modernisation between 1950 and 1980, a vital period in which their participation in urban public life expanded through higher education and employment. Selda Tuncer examines the precise conditions that enabled women to leave the home and reveals how they perceived and experienced urban public space and social relations. Drawing on interviews with two generations of women from Ankara, and using personal family photographs, this book provides invaluable insights into women's engagement in secular modern life within the predominantly Muslim society of Turkey. Tuncer specifically focuses on women's everyday experiences and discusses how the relationship between women and public space was actually controlled and regulated by different notions of `domestication', especially in the micro-politics of daily life. This book sheds new light on the gendered processes of nation-building, socio-cultural transformations and the crucial connections between gender, modernity and the urban experience in a non-Western context.

About Author

Selda Tuncer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey, and teaches courses on gender, the city and feminist methodology. She has worked at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, where she also completed her PhD. She has published in both Turkish and English on issues relating to Turkish culture and history.

Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: Women, Nation-State and Public Space Chapter 2: Research Design and the Story of the Fieldwork Chapter 3: Sociological Profile of Women in Two Generations Chapter 4: Historical Background: Everyday Public Life of Women in Ankara Between 1950 and 1980 Chapter 5: Going Public: Women's Access to the Public Space in AnkaraChapter 6: Women's Experience of Urban Public Spaces in Ankara Chapter 7: Across Generations: Shifting Moralities and Cost of Freedom Conclusion

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781784537524
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781784537524
  • ISBN10: 1784537527

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