Social and Cultural Perspectives on Turkey, 7.5 credits

This course examines the social and cultural diversity of Turkey. The focus is on the interplay between tradition and social and economic change from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. Specific issues to be addressed include: rural and urban life; family structure and kinship; Islam as belief and practice; gender roles; ethnic, religious and national identities within the context of nationalism and urbanization. A thorough understanding of the history and present complexities of Turkish social and political life will serve as a springboard for discussing such important contemporary issues as the coexistence of democracy and authoritarian politics; the role of women in political and economic affairs; the rise of political Islam; and, as a thread pulled through all of these issues, the cultural context of political and economic life.

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