Formations of Gender in a Turkish Context

Meltem Karadag
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Gender is one of the most important areas in the study of human. In fact, gender goes to the heart of social relations. Thus, it is necessary to explain, through the means of humanities, how, domination in the form of gender exists.

After the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of a new nation state in 1923, which marked the foundation of the Turkish Republic, new legal, political and social arrangements were adopted for the emancipation of women. However, even if new political reforms did, indeed, change the and, at times, the practice of gender relations during the twentieth century, patterns inherited from a previous culture can still be traced to the patriarchal principles inherent in the city; Gaziantep located in the South East of Turkey.

An interesting issue to consider, therefore, is how gender differentiation is reproduced in social practice as a dimension of domination? In seeking to answer this, my presentation will be centered on the issues of gender and class. Its main concern will be to explore the gender divisions in the reproduction of class relations as patriarchal structures.

Additionally, I describe how bodies, language and space are socially constructed according to the opposition between male and female-open/closed, inside/outside, honour/shame, etc.

Keywords: Gender, Class, Social Construction, Space, Body
Stream: Sexuality, Gender, Families
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Formations of Gender in a Turkish Context

Meltem Karadag

PhD Student in Sociology Department at the University of Essex Research Assistant in Sociology Department at University of Gaziantep, Turkey, Sociology Department at University of Gaziantep

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