Constructing local masculinities : a case study from Trabzon, Turkey

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2012

Thesis Language: English

Student: Mehmet Bozok



This thesis investigates the social construction of masculinities in Trabzon, with a (pro)feminist approach. This study is based on the assumption that masculinities are socially and contextually constructed grounding on the local dynamics. In order to examine that, I identified and focused on three trajectories in Trabzon that have largely affected the social construction of masculinities in the last two decades. Those are the men’s emotional and sexual lives, men’s families and the domestic lives and rightist politics and football fanaticism of Trabzonspor. In order to investigate the social construction of masculinities in the city, a qualitative field research, based on feminist methodology was conducted. The field research was conducted between August 2010 and October 2011 by making interviews with men from different social milieu, in Trabzon city centre. This study presents that the men’s experiences of three trajectories noted above contributed the construction of conservative and patriarchal masculinities in Trabzon. .