Working out desire : women, sport, and self-making in Istanbul / Sertaç Sehlikoglu.

By: Sehlikoglu, Sertaç [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle EastPublisher: Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2021Copyright date: ©2021Edition: First editionDescription: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780815655053; 0815655053Subject(s): Women -- Turkey -- Identity | Self-perception in women -- Turkey | Exercise for women -- Social aspects -- Turkey | Women -- Turkey -- Social conditions | Sports -- Sociological aspectsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Working out desire.DDC classification: 305.409561 LOC classification: HQ1726.7 | .S44 2021Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: "In "Working Out Desire," Sehlikoglu presents the ways in which women's changing habits, leisure, and self-formation in the Muslim world and the Middle East are connected to their agentive capacities to shift and transform their conditions and socio-cultural capabilities"-- Provided by publisher
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"In "Working Out Desire," Sehlikoglu presents the ways in which women's changing habits, leisure, and self-formation in the Muslim world and the Middle East are connected to their agentive capacities to shift and transform their conditions and socio-cultural capabilities"-- Provided by publisher

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This ethnography is a welcome addition to the academic research on gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East. Sehlikoglu (Univ. College London, UK), a Turkish anthropologist, examines spor merakı, an interest or curiosity in sport, among Istanbulite women, based on research conducted in 2008--12. Spor merakı refers specifically to the relatively new participation of middle-aged women in Istanbul from lower-middle-class and rural backgrounds in public sports activities, be they in a city park or a women-only municipal sport center. These traditionally veiled, home-bound women exercising in public are often referred to contemptuously as sporcu teyzeler, or sporty aunties. The author regards sport as a gendered object of desire in Turkey and argues that the participation of these urban, non-elite women is a transformative undertaking in a culture that restricts women's expression of their real desires and objectives. She situates her argument about Turkish women's desiring subjectivities within a discussion of the Islamic concepts of halal, or acts that are allowed within the faith, and haram, acts that are forbidden. Hers is an interesting perspective on women's ongoing struggle to assert their rights in the context of a patriarchal society. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty. --Amal Rassam, emerita, CUNY Queens College

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Sertaç Sehlikoglu is a Senior Research Associate and Primary Investigator at the Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London.

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