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A Walk on Istiklal Street: Dissident Sexual Geographies, Politics and Citizenship in Istanbul
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
En promenad på Istiklal-avenyn : Dissidenta sexuella geografier, politik och medborgarskap i Istanbul (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Building upon ethnographic material and literature dating from the early 1970s until the 2010s, this thesis is about the production and transformation of dissident sexual geographies through the interplay of sexual politics and citizenship in Beyoğlu and Aksaray, two districts of Istanbul, Turkey. In particular, the interdisciplinary inquiry is composed in the form of a walk on Istiklal Street in Beyoğlu district, historically a central location for cruising activities, finding sexual communities and organising political events among LGBT circles. Throughout, the study focuses on the generational use of three interconnected areas: places, such as gay and transgender bars and clubs (1970s–2010s); politics, such as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) sexual identity politics (1980s–2010s), and virtualities, such as cyberspaces produced through internet and webcam technologies (1990s–2010s).

As such, this study contributes to the literature in an under-researched area: the academic study of the production and transformation of dissident sexual geographies between the early 1970s and the early 2010s in Istanbul. Furthermore, it advances current debates on contemporary LGBT identity politics in relation to place-making processes and their role in subverting the assumptions of heteronormativity in the Turkish context. Lastly, the empirical material on three interwoven areas (places, politics and virtualities) contributes to theoretical debates on the construction of intimacy and privacy in the Turkish context.

Abstract [sv]

Föreliggande avhandling bygger på ett etnografiskt material, samt på litteratur, från tidigt 1970-tal till 2010-tal. Den behandlar konstruktion och omvandling av dissidenta sexuella geografier genom samspel mellan sexualpolitik och medborgarskap i Beyoğlu och Aksaray, två av den turkiska staden Istanbuls distrikt. I synnerhet rör sig avhandlingens interdisciplinära frågeställning längst Istiklal-avenyn i distriktet Beyoğlu. Avenyn har över tid blivit en plats för cruising, för att hitta sexuella sociala sammanhang och för att organisera politisk aktivitet i LGBT-kretsar. Genomgående i avhandlingen fokuseras olika  generationers användning av tre sammanlänkande områden: platser, såsom gay/transgender-barer och klubbar (1970-2010), politik, såsom gay, lesbiska, bisexuella och transgender-personers sexuella identitetspolitik (1980-2010), samt virtuella rum, såsom platser i cyberrymden skapade via internet och webkamera-teknologier (1990-2010).

Härigenom utgör studien med ett bidrag på ett under-beforskat område; akademiska studier av konstruktion och omvandling av dissidenta sexuella geografier från tidigt 1970-tal till 2010-tal i Istanbul. Vidare bidrar studien till att utveckla rådande diskussion om samtida LGBTidentitetspolitik i förhållande till platsskapande processer och deras roll i att underminera heteronormativa antaganden i en turkisk kontext. Slutligen bidrar studien och dess empiriska material baserat på tre sammanlänkade områden (plats, politik och virtuella rum) till den teoretiska diskussionen om konstruktion av intimitet och det privata i en turkisk kontext.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. , 323 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 609
Keyword [en]
Sexuality, generation, heteronormativity, sexual citizenship, tactic, strategy, power, internet, Istanbul, Turkey, Sexualitet, genreration, heteronormativitet, sexuellt medborgarskap, strategi, taktik, makt, internet, Istanbul, Turkiet
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104716ISBN: 978-91-7519-395-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104716DiVA: diva2:698665
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2014-03-27, TEMCAS, Tema-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2014-02-24 Created: 2014-02-24 Last updated: 2014-04-07Bibliographically approved

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