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The Mahalle as Margin of the State

Shifting Sensitivities in Two Neighbourhood Spaces of Istanbul

Urszula Woźniak

The neighbourhood-based battles over norms and values in the ethnically diverse as well as sexual and gendered urban landscapes of the Istanbul neighbourhood (mahalle) spaces of Tophane and Kurtuluş reflect the complexity of the current political transformations that have been shaping Turkey as a whole and Istanbul in particular before and after the 15 July 2016 coup attempt. The analysis of the mahalle as the state’s margin reflects on how public moral talk, including the notion of ‘sensitivity’ (hassasiyet), reverberates in the making of public morality in both neighbourhood spaces. This article specifically focuses on the role of rumours in mediating ideas on behaviour deemed as in/appropriate in the mahalle as ‘moral territory’ and the mundane practices of self-appointed old and new ‘guards’ of the mahalle.

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Expanding Religion and Islamic Morality in Turkey

The Role of the Diyanet’s Women Preachers

Chiara Maritato

Despite scholars’ tremendous interest in the dynamics of Turkish laicism, little to no attention has been paid to the actors and the practices through which Islamic morality is propagated among society every day. This article investigates the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet)’s policy that has been increasing the number of women working as preachers since 2003. To what extent and how does the employment of the Diyanet’s women preachers affect the way in which religion and Islamic public morality grow and are spread in Turkey today? What specifically is women’s contribution in this respect? Drawing on an ethnographic observation of the Diyanet’s women preachers’ activities in Istanbul mosques, the article outlines how they contribute to reshaping Turkish laicism while diffusing Islamic morality in the public space.

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Patricia Mainardi

’s initial plan had been modified: the newspaper announced that it would “seek in all things to uphold the cause of public morality.” 30 Its features were soon established. There were reports from Parliament, accompanied by political news. The horrible and

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Moral Conflict

The Private, the Public and the Political

Marios Filis

P. K. Moser and T. L. Carson (eds), Moral Relativism: A Reader . Oxford : Oxford University Press . 1 - 21 . Nagel , T. 1978 . ‘ Ruthlessness in Public Life ’, in S. Hampshire (ed.), Private and Public Morality . Cambridge

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The Making of a Fundamental Value

A History of the Concept of Separation of Church and State in the Netherlands

Mart Rutjes

Christian morals in the eyes of De Visser. If the state dismissed these Christian roots of public morality, it could be led toward totalitarian alternatives. 39 For De Visser, the separation of church and state did not exclude the state’s support for the

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Dangerous speculation

The appeal of pyramid schemes in rural Siberia

Leonie Schiffauer

: Public morality in a Papua New Guinean Ponzi scheme.” In Anthropologies of value: Cultures of accumulation across the Global North and South , ed. Fernando Angosto-Ferrandez and Geir H. Presterudstuen , 51 – 74 . London : Pluto Press . De

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Heidi Hakkarainen

1848: “Thus it is altogether irreconcilable with the humanism of our century to chastise men until they bleed, while we at the same time form associations for the protection of animals, and make their protection an affair of public morality.” 87 “The

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Crisis? How Is That a Crisis!?

Reflections on an Overburdened Word

Michael Freeden

major social groups access to the political system. In support of that, he quoted Alexis de Tocqueville: “Epochs sometimes occur in the life of a nation when the old customs of a people are changed, public morality is destroyed, religious belief shaken

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Francisco A. Ortega

passions “producing dissolving actions” in which “government becomes prey and public morality the field devastated by combat.” 93 Delegates working on the 1843 constitutional reform sought to create the instruments to limit these excesses: they

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Love and Sex in Wartime

Controlling Women’s Sexuality in the Ukrainian Nationalist Underground

Marta Havryshko

underground’s activity, particularly in intelligence gathering. Therefore, the nationalist view of female sexual behavior sometimes conflicted with the prevalent public morality norms of the time. The only type of sexual behavior that was encouraged by the