Masculinity and honour perception: a case study in Tepebağ district Adana-Turkey

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

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

Approval Date: 2011

Thesis Language: English

Student: Altan Sungur



This thesis basically aims to understand lower class men’s experiences of masculinity and their perceptions of honor. How men construct their masculinities hold an important place in understanding gender inequalities. Men’s relations with women will similarly help us understand what sort of masculinity is constructed in the society. How do lower class, single men experience masculinity? How do they view the relations between genders? How does their perception of masculinity affect their approaches to values such as honor and reputation? An apparatus that determine and limit men’s fields of power, “honor” is linked to woman’s sexuality, however, as this thesis aims to put forward, honor is basically works as a sort of mechanism of social control developed by men among themselves on the body and soul of the woman. Perceived to be related to women, honor actually determines men’s field of game and sets the social rules. Class, culture and ethnicity are important lines of differentiation in the production of different perceptions of masculinity, and important factors in determining different perceptions on honor and reputation along with them. Here, the masculinity imaginations, approaches to gender relations and honor perceptions of lower class men have been attempted to be analyzed through the theory of hegemonic masculinity developed by Connel and the perspectives of the other authors who have contributed to the field.