Queer Politics in Contemporary Turkey

By Paul Gordon Kramer

Published

Mar 23, 2022

Page count

204 pages

Series

Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics

ISBN

978-1529214840

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 23, 2022

Page count

204 pages

Series

Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics

ISBN

978-1529214857

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 23, 2022

Page count

204 pages

Series

Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics

ISBN

978-1529214857

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Queer Politics in Contemporary Turkey

Drawing on the words and stories of queer Turkish activists, this book aims to unravel the complexities of queer lives in Turkey. In doing so, it challenges dominant conceptualizations of the queer Turkish experience within critical security discourses.

The book argues that while queer Turks are subjected to ceaseless forms of insecurity in their governance, opportunities for emancipatory resistance have emerged alongside these abuses. It identifies the ways in which the state, the family, Turkish Islam and other socially-mediated processes and agencies can expose or protect queers from violence in the Turkish community.

“Kramer illuminates how queer and trans activists are reshaping conceptions of Turkish queerness on their own terms. His reflections about being a queer researcher in International Relations are especially engaging.” Jamie J. Hagen, Queen's University Belfast

"Kramer thoughtfully brings to light the complexities of queer and trans Turkish lives and experiences in relation to social and political institutions of power in Turkey." Ahmad Qais Munhazim, Thomas Jefferson University

Paul Gordon Kramer is a queer activist and works at The New School in New York City.

Introduction

1. The Ambiguities of Queer Research

2. Turkish Governmentality: A Genealogy of Heteropatriarchal Nationalism

3. Assembling Turkish Queers

4. Assembing Trans Identity

5. The Queer Common

Conclusion