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Youth Culture and Movements: Turkey
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The study of youth culture and movements in Turkey is relatively new. Kinship terminology and the use of a term to denote the period between puberty and marriage suggest that age, and the distinction between juniors and seniors, play a central role in the construction of personhood in Turkish society. Historically, it was preferable, for reasons of social control, to keep the period between puberty and marriage as short as possible. In Ottoman society, young men formed the backbone of revolts from the sixteenth century. “Wild blood” (delikanlı, the term used to refer to youth) was…

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Neyzi, Leyla, “Youth Culture and Movements: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0154c>
First published online: 2009

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