Overviewing transformations in Turkish society since its inception as a republic in 1923, the introduction provides a historical and theoretical frame for understanding the book's principal actors: Turkish youth negotiating the tension between new desires for sexual modernity and neoliberal self-making, and a longing to remain connected to traditional, familial sources of identity. While these young Turks may enact projects of self-making based in global neoliberal ideals of autonomy and self-realization, the introduction argues these projects are shaped by culturally specific forces including gender, class, and, importantly, the continuing centrality of connectivity in the process of self-production in modern Turkey.
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