Class and Habitus in the Formation of Gay Identities, Masculinities, and Respectability in Turkey


Ural H., Bespinar F. U.

JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMENS STUDIES, cilt.13, ss.244-264, 2017 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 13 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1215/15525864-3861323
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMENS STUDIES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.244-264

Özet

This article examines how gay men engage with masculine respectability in urban Turkey. Our analysis of twenty-four in-depth interviews in Ankara shows that gay men's self-presentation generally conforms to the expectations of masculine appearance and behavior in their class-based social circles. Thus we argue that social class and habitus are important for the norms of masculine respectability with a marked difference between lower-class/traditional middle-class and professional middle-class milieus. While family-dependent gay men in the lower class and traditional middle class often conform to hegemonic masculinity through their "family guy" performances and limit their sexual desires, professional middle-class gay men mobilize their social, economic, and cultural capital to carve out a gay life where they can perform a "sophisticated" gay identity and participate in a gay community, albeit in certain permitted domains.