a. Compatibility is not a prerequisite to marriage. Men prefer modest women with
light skin while women prefer a man who has a livelihood and doesn't drink.
b. Young people have little opportunity to get to know each other well before
a. The fathers of the couple do not interact much after the marriage negotiations, so
the theory of endogamy for political or economic motivations is weak.
b. Besides the brideprice and trousseau, no other property is transferred at marriage.
c. There are
a. Only Allah is one, all else was created in pairs so as to receive instruction.
b. A single lifestyle is not viable in the village and marriage is almost obligatory.
c. The cultural understanding of both male and female bodies illuminate
a. The Turkish government ceremonies are 100% secular, unlike the American way
of swearing on a bible at the inauguration and praying.
a.i. Americans are seen to attribute the governments legitimacy to god.
b. The Sultan-Caliph during Ottoman times repres
Rhetoric of the Nation
a. European type nationalism caught on in Turkey after WWI. Before then
Turks referred to themselves as Muslims and Ottomans.
b. Turkey was threatened by partition by the Allied Powers if it weren't for
c. Ataturk was an
Procreation or Reproduction/Production?
a. Women are seen as reproducing mere species life, whereas men are engaged in
creating the lasing monuments of culture.
b. Reproduction is not devalued in the village, only womens role in it.
c. The productive r
The Sexual Division of Labor
a. The major forms of livelihood in the village are wheat and sheep, on
which everyone depends.
b. Men provide the seed in the field and women nurture the field
c. Tractors were introduced to the village befor
The Household: Inside and Outside
a. The village excludes outsiders the same way the house excludes other villagers. b. Villagers show a lingering sense of nomadic hospitality in that they must follow
the host's rules or relinquish their protection.
a. Since Turkish society revolves so much around Islam, a national identity
cannot be based on secular as opposed to sacred appeals.
b. By cutting Turkey from its Islam and instituting secular ideology, Ataturk
made the Turkish lose identity.
b.i. The Tur
Social Geography of the Village
a. Most "public" buildings are only for the use of men. b. The mosque is the largest structure in the village. c. Except during Ramadan, only men are allowed to enter the mosque. d. There is a village library. e. Secular