Secular but conservative? Youth, gender, and intimacy in Turkey

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Özbay, Cenk and Erol, Maral and Bağcı, Çiğdem and Özkaplan, Nurcan (2022) Secular but conservative? Youth, gender, and intimacy in Turkey. Turkish Studies . ISSN 1468-3849 (Print) 1743-9663 (Online) Published Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14683849.2022.2085095

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Abstract

This article contributes to studies on youth in Turkey by exploring gender, sexuality, intimacy, and relationship practices among college students. Our findings show that there is change (a) towards greater gender equality; (b) about attitudes regarding family, sexuality, and romance; and (c) in understanding and experiencing gendered violence in the groups of students we examined. Progressive values appear to become more common among the participants despite the increasingly conservative tone of the political and cultural climate. However, traditional relationship patterns and norms, including the idealization of monogamous relationships, robust familial ties, and sensitivity for moral reputation, seem prevalent even though these were not associated with the ascendant politico-religious conservatism. By constituting ‘secular but conservative’ intimate selves and relations, our respondents approve the freedom and right to explore possibilities for others, and yet not immediately for themselves, as they preserve an unequivocal moral self.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; intimacy; relationships; sexuality; Youth
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1075-1075.5 Sex role
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1088-1090.7 Men
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101-2030.7 Women. Feminism
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Gender Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Cenk Özbay
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2022 14:45
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2022 21:39
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/42980

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