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Aesthetic Citizenship in Istanbul : on manufacturing beauty and negotiating belonging through the body in urban Turkey

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Liebelt, Claudia:
Aesthetic Citizenship in Istanbul : on manufacturing beauty and negotiating belonging through the body in urban Turkey.
In: Citizenship Studies. Vol. 23 (2019) Issue 7 . - pp. 686-702.
ISSN 1469-3593
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2019.1651088

Abstract in another language

This article discusses the relationship between affective body politics and gendered norms of urban belonging in Istanbul, Turkey. As I will show, there are specific bodily imaginations and affective desires that tie a classed and racialized appearance to imaginations of modernity, femininity and urban belonging. In Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, bodily self-fashioning is about expressing and sometimes producing spatial and social difference and distinction. Drawing on Engin Isin’s conceptualization of the everyday ‘acts’ through which subjects constitute themselves as citizens, I propose the notion of ‘aesthetic citizenship’ to highlight the crucial role of beautification and adherence to gender norms for those constructed as female in a competitive urban environment. Gendered, classed and racialized bodies, I argue, are constituted and classified through a ‘visual economy of recognition’ that turns them into tokens of urban belonging or a visceral sense of extraneousness.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aesthetic citizenship; beauty; femininity; urban space; cosmetic surgery; Turkey
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 06:57
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 06:57
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/55065