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Working Out Desire: Women, Sport, and Self-Making in Istanbul

Working Out Desire: Women, Sport, and Self-Making in Istanbul Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/18/2/285/1621729/285kocamaner.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 REVIEW Sertaç Sehlikoğlu Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2021 xvii + 295 pages. ISBN 9780815636939 Reviewed by HIKMET KOCAMANER Working Out Desire is an engaging and theoretically informed ethnographic account of Istanbulite women’s interest in sport and exercise (spor merakı), which has transformed these women’s lives in myriad ways. In this fascinating ethnography, Sertaç Sehlikoğlu illustrates how Istanbulite women’s ever-growing passion for physical exercise is not a “banal” fad but an “object of desire” that reveals women’s agentive aspirations to reconfi- gure their subjectivity beyond the confines of the domestic sphere. By participating in physical exercise, these women do not simply work out their bodies but also recalibrate their relationship to their body image, gender roles, sexuality, faith, and familial duties— “physically, emotionally, and imaginatively” (6). Working Out Desire is based on the ethnographic fieldwork Sehlikoğlu undertook in 2008 and 2011–12. Thanks to the interviews she conducted with nearly a hundred female gymgoers, Sehlikoğlu introduces the reader to the recreational world of women from all class positions and different walks of life: university students, career women, house- wives, middle-aged “aunties,” pious women, and those who identify as “secular” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

Working Out Desire: Women, Sport, and Self-Making in Istanbul

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Copyright © 2022 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-9767898
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/18/2/285/1621729/285kocamaner.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 REVIEW Sertaç Sehlikoğlu Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2021 xvii + 295 pages. ISBN 9780815636939 Reviewed by HIKMET KOCAMANER Working Out Desire is an engaging and theoretically informed ethnographic account of Istanbulite women’s interest in sport and exercise (spor merakı), which has transformed these women’s lives in myriad ways. In this fascinating ethnography, Sertaç Sehlikoğlu illustrates how Istanbulite women’s ever-growing passion for physical exercise is not a “banal” fad but an “object of desire” that reveals women’s agentive aspirations to reconfi- gure their subjectivity beyond the confines of the domestic sphere. By participating in physical exercise, these women do not simply work out their bodies but also recalibrate their relationship to their body image, gender roles, sexuality, faith, and familial duties— “physically, emotionally, and imaginatively” (6). Working Out Desire is based on the ethnographic fieldwork Sehlikoğlu undertook in 2008 and 2011–12. Thanks to the interviews she conducted with nearly a hundred female gymgoers, Sehlikoğlu introduces the reader to the recreational world of women from all class positions and different walks of life: university students, career women, house- wives, middle-aged “aunties,” pious women, and those who identify as “secular”

Journal

Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2022

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