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Grassroots Literacies

Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey

Serkan Görkemli

Publication Year: 2014

Examines the grassroots activism of an Internet-mediated collegiate lesbian and gay organization in Turkey.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xii

...First and foremost, I would like to thank the former Legato members for participating in this study and devoting their time for the interviews. I would also like to thank Kaos GL for providing me with access to its publications during my visit to its office in Ankara in summer 2009, as well as the vast archive of articles and...

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1: Legato in Turkey: Literacy, Media, and Global Sexualities

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pp. 1-22

...marked the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. The screening took place at the headquarters of Lambda Istanbul, an LGBT1 advocacy organization, on the fifth floor of a building tucked away on a bustling side street in Beyoglu, a crowded...

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2: From Queer Empire to Heterosexual Republic: Modernity, Homosexuality, and Media

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pp. 23-70

...coverage in the media points to an overarching message about homosexuality as “sexual inversion”2 (i.e., the supposed adoption of gendered behavior considered typical of the opposite sex, according to which men who have sex with men behave like women, and women who have sex with women behave like men), as exemplified...

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3: Coming Out and Legato Members’ Narratives of Sexual Literacy

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pp. 71-122

...verbal text is a contemplation of coming out as a subject-making act and visually problematizes the severance of the subject from the message and vice versa. The background of the image, the vortex of light and darkness, seems to offer its own ambivalent...

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4: Paper Tigers in Digital Closets? Lesbian and Gay Activism, the Internet, and Community Literacy

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pp. 123-168

...The stark difference between what Legato was and what it aspired to become resulted in differing reactions with regard to its organizational identity. For instance, although Legato’s friendship aspect stood out more than any other for its student participants, its Internet...

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5: Literacies, Sexualities, and Transnational Rhetorics

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pp. 169-186

...individual, communal, and national resource that plays important roles in the globalization and localization of lesbian and gay identities in the Middle East. To illustrate this point, this concluding chapter briefly summarizes Legato’s difficulties and the gradual cessation of its activities subsequent to my interviews for this book in 2003...

Appendix A: Interview Questions

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pp. 187-194

Appendix B: Informed Consent Form

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pp. 195-196


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pp. 197-204

Works Cited

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pp. 205-214


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pp. 215-234

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781438451848
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438451831

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2014

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Subject Headings

  • Gay rights -- Turkey.
  • Gay liberation movement -- Turkey.
  • Gays -- Political activity -- Turkey.
  • Internet -- Political aspects.
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