The social construction of childhood in the Ottoman society: a socio-legal analysis of childcare in early eighteenth-century Üsküdar

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2021-3-18
Dal, Eyüp Ensar
This thesis examines the concept of childhood in terms of childcare in Ottoman Üsküdar in the early eighteenth century. By using Üsküdar Sharia court records, it is aimed to conduct a socio-legal analysis of childcare as custody, maintenance and guardianship of children. Since the socio-legal approach of this thesis presents the results of the social and legal structures of childhood in early modern Ottoman society in family relations, this thesis presents an analysis on the construction of the concept of childhood in the context of parent-child relationships, the importance of childcare, and the social position of children in different childhood periods. In this context, this thesis has two main objectives: The first is to analyze childcare in terms of custody and maintenance until adolescence, and the second is to explore the dimensions of transition from childhood to adulthood in terms of the importance of child guardianship.

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E. E. Dal, “The social construction of childhood in the Ottoman society: a socio-legal analysis of childcare in early eighteenth-century Üsküdar,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.