Living like a hetero: southern homonormativity in Istanbul

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Özbay, Cenk (2021) Living like a hetero: southern homonormativity in Istanbul. Sexualities . ISSN 1363-4607 (Print) 1461-7382 (Online) Published Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13634607211014477

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Abstract

Research on homonormativity in the Global North has burgeoned in the last 20 years as there have been developments to include sexual minorities as equal members of society. However, little is known about the emergent forms of homonormativity in the Global South where in most cases the improvements in terms of sexual rights and citizenship in the Global North did not echo. Despite the lack of the legal, economic, and cultural infrastructure, an inchoate Southern homonormativity unfolds among gay men through their gender performances, bodily presentations, class positions, and neoliberal aspira- tions. Southern homonormativity is a cultural formation that takes place in settings where there is no institutional change and legal reforms to define, recognize, and embrace the gay citizens (and families) as equal, legitimate, and respected members of society. By using interviews and ethnographic home visits in Istanbul, Turkey, this article explores how homonormativity is contextually driven and flexible, and how privileged gay men un- derstand and navigate homonormative precepts in a context within the Global South.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: class; gay men; Homonormativity; masculinity; turkey
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1088-1090.7 Men
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Gender Studies
Depositing User: Cenk Özbay
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 12:22
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2022 19:07
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/42725

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