The Tragedy of Masculinity in The Naked Capitalism Coal Mine Workers and Soma Disaster

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Duva Kaya Ö.

1st International Sypmposium on Men and Masculinities: "Identity, Cultures, Societes", İzmir, Turkey, 11 - 13 September 2014, pp.28

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İzmir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.28
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The coal mining can be define as the most visible form of masculinity. Both of them are based on muscle strength and defined masculine and seerı a "marı's job" in Turkey; behavioral codes have been accompanied with ' capitalist production processes. At the same time the coal miners' experience of class and politics has shaped by constructions of sexuality. This point is the critique as being aman with muscle strenght, existing as paterfamilias and enduring the life as a part of capitalist production processes by conservative man image. This study locates the construction of working-class masculinity of mine workers in Soma and the tensions and antagonisms produced by the transformation of the tradition into a serni-skilled industrial working class. Miners' masculinized class identity is important as well as capitalist instrumentalisatiorı and it has some obstacles to struggle against bruta! working conditions