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New Desires, New Selves: Sex, Love, and Piety among Turkish Youth (Paperback)
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New Desires, New Selves: Sex, Love, and Piety among Turkish Youth (Paperback)

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As Turkey pushes for its place in the global pecking order and embraces neoliberal capitalism, the nation has seen a period of unprecedented shifts in political, religious, and gender and sexual identities for its citizens. In New Desires, New Selves, Gul Ozyegin shows how this social transformation in Turkey is felt most strongly among its young people, eager to surrender to the seduction of sexual modernity, but also longing to remain attached to traditional social relations, identities and histories. Engaging a wide array of upwardly-mobile young adults at a major Turkish university, Ozyegin links the biographies of individuals with the biography of a nation, revealing their creation of conflicted identities in a country which has existed uneasily between West and East, modern and traditional, and secular and Islamic. For these young people, sexuality, gender expression, and intimate relationships in particular serve as key sites for reproducing and challenging patriarchy and paternalism that was hallmark of earlier generations. As Ozyegin evocatively shows, the quest for sexual freedom and an escape from patriarchal constructions of selfless femininity and protective masculinity promise both personal transformations and profound sexual guilt and anxiety. A poignant and original study, New Desires, New Selves presents a snapshot of cultural change on the eve of rapid globalization in the Muslim world.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479853816
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


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"New Desires, New Selves: Sex, Love, and Piety among Turkish Youth by the sociologist Gul Ozyegin is a powerful and timely contribution to the field of gender and sexuality studies."-Women's Studies International Forum
"Anoriginal and fascinating account of the ways young adults construct theirsexual and gender identities during times of rapid social change, NewDesires, New Selves will change the way you think about selfhood andneoliberalism. Focusing on the unique context of contemporary Turkey,Ozyegin expertly shows how highly educated youth strive to become adults whoare both autonomous and connected. This rich and nuanced analysissituates the biographies of individual women and men within distinctive familyhistories as well as the life course of a nation, illuminating pathways offeminine and masculine self-creation that are altogether new but distinctivelyTurkish."-Laura Carpenter,author of Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences
"New Desires, New Selves: Sex, Love, and Piety among Turkish Youth provides us with an in-depth look into the new selves crafted by upwardly mobile contemporary Turkish youth."-American Journal of Sociology
"Gul Ozyegin has deftly taken up some of themost key issues in contemporarysociology and grounded them in a beautifully writtenand empirically rich study of an interesting case: Turkish youth talking about their lives andaspirations in the midst of the enormous social, cultural, economic andpolitical changes in modern Turkey. NewDesires, New Selves not only compels us to re-think everyday life in Muslimcontexts; it forces us to rethink how we conceptualize identity and sexualityin general."-Kathy Davis,author of Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World
"Through sensitive interviews and rich storytelling, Gul Ozyegin shows that we cannot understand young peoples' intimate lives in universal ways-either as conforming to traditionally religious sex/gender scripts, or as morphing into modern global neoliberal selves. Instead, Ozyegin paints a picture of young Turkish people today grappling with 'fractured desire' in a rapidly changing and contradictory social context. In this deeply theorized yet lively and accessible text, we see young people re-casting conceptions of masculinity, femininity and romance, while creatively forging selves premised on both sexual autonomy and connection with others."-Michael A. Messner,co-author of Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women
"Ozyegin's analysis of identity is intersectional in its approach, as she adeptly shows how kinship relations, notions or tradition, and especially class overlap with and come to shape and be shaped by gender and sexual subjectivities. Her examination of romance and sex as important sites for exercising class privilege and disadvantages is particularly astute."-Journal of Middle East Women's Studies
"In New Desires, New Selves, Gul Ozyegin...[explores] the change in Turkish attitudes toward sex in the early twentieth century... [Only] by rooting out effeminacy and degeneration could Turks become masculine, independent, and Western."-New York Review of Books
"Ozyegin's rich analysis is based on theoretical perspectives of gender, sexuality, love, social class, and identity development, which collectively branch out from her feminist framework."-Gender & Society
"In New Desires, New Selves, Gul Ozyegin...[explores] the change in Turkish attitudes toward sex in the early twentieth century... [Only] by rooting out effeminacy and degeneration could Turks become masculine, independent, and Western."-Kaya Genc,New York Review of Books
"Ozyegin is most insightful when she brings her subjects to the forefront through numerous quotes and extended vignettes. These are stunning because her subjects' voices resonate with honesty and courage."-Gender, Place & Culture

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