Negotiating identities: the use of prayer beads in everyday life in Turkey

This paper issues how and why objects are used to negotiate identities in the course of daily life. Turkey, which is a socio-politically charged context that is formed of tensions between Islamic and secular groups, thus presenting a conflict between various distinct identities, is selected as the field of the study. Within this context, the use of a religious product group; prayer beads and their mechanical and digital variations, are studied to explore how identity discourse is reflected on the objects. The fieldwork, which was enriched by ethnographic research methods, consisted of interviews with the members of a certain religious group, frequenters of a mosque and shopkeepers of religious product market. Conclusions on how identities are constructed through objects and reflected on objects are driven.
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D. Tönük Kruıthof and F. Işık, “Negotiating identities: the use of prayer beads in everyday life in Turkey,” presented at the Design & Emotion conference (8th), London, 2012, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: