The LGBTT and women’s movements in Turkey: a comparative analysis

Kurbanoğlu, Elçin
This thesis investigates two social movements in Turkey, the women’s and LGBTT movements comparatively and in the light of available NSM theories. While brief histories of both movements are presented and all active LGBTT associations and groups in Turkey are introduced in the thesis, the main focus of the study is the LGBTT movement. Based on in depth interviews with 17 LGBTT activists, the evolution of this movement is traced and its current profile as well as its relationship to different branches of the women’s movement are analysed in detail. The activities of the two movements during the legislative reforms in the 2000s are also examined. While findings of the thesis point to differences between the LGBTT and women’s movements in Turkey, the interface of both movements with the state constitute a critical explanatory factor of their trajectories. The thesis also argues that the extent to which NSM theories can be used to explain these movements in the Turkish context is limited.


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Citation Formats
E. Kurbanoğlu, “The LGBTT and women’s movements in Turkey: a comparative analysis,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.