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New Desires, New SelvesSex, Love, and Piety among Turkish Youth$
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Gul Ozyegin

Print publication date: 1937

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762349

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762349.001.0001

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Vulnerable Masculinity and Self-Transformation: Ali’s Story

Vulnerable Masculinity and Self-Transformation: Ali’s Story

(p.153) Vulnerable Masculinity and Self-Transformation: Ali’s Story
New Desires, New Selves

Gul Ozyegin

NYU Press

Raised in a what he refers to as a "closed milieu," Ali embarked on a total questioning of his conservative upbringing when moved to Istanbul to attend Boğaziçi University. Over the course of his four years in Istanbul, Ali has come to inhabit a "flexible" self - one that allows him to distance himself from his upbringing while in the company of his middle-class, high-achiever peers, yet remains malleable enough for him to maintain his connection to his family and place of origin. Given the uneasiness of Ali's claim to urban, middle-class masculinity, success in romance is an important domain by which Ali judges and understands his success in self-making. In this regard, Ali's failure to build a long-term romantic coupling with a young woman named Arzu becomes a major source of anxiety and tension in his search for a new middle-class, masculine subjectivity.

Keywords:   Conservative upbringing, Flexible self, Middle-class masculinity, Masculine Subjectivity, Romance

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