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The Fanciest Phantom of the Night: Designing hairstyles as pleasure and pain among Turkish male service worker in Alanya
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2007 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Hair is both biological and cultural and a material for design and pleasure. But hairstyles are also a site of power, used both for inclusion and exclusion. Taking my points of departure in post structural feminism, critical masculinity studies, consumption studies and queer theory I will discuss hairstyling both as a regulating power and a pleasure that brings young male Turkish service workers together in an effort to create the most thrilling hairstyle of the night. The creations functions as a brand for the company and force the male employees working nightshift to create more and more extreme hairstyles. However the hairstyling also create pleasure and constitute a homosocial friendship among the workers that helps them coop with the pain of long working hours. Although the friendship relays on a heterosexual norm excluding women by positioning them mainly as sexual objects, heteronorms are also contested and played with

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Keyword [en]
genus, maskulinitet, femininitet, frisyrer, design, mohawk, heteronormer, Turkiet
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24432OAI: diva2:598199
Inter, A European Cultural Studies Conference in Sweden, ACSIS, Norrköping 11-13/6 2007
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-22

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