Serap KavasSerap Kavas

Serap Kavas is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey, and a Fulbright Fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests lie in gender, family and modernization, with a regional focus on Middle East, Turkey in particular. Her current research focuses on continuity and change in Turkish family within the framework of modernization projects and aspiration for westernization in Turkey and their linkage to developmental idealism.

Articles & Chapters

Kavas, Serap. 2015. "'Wardrobe Modernity': Western Attire as a Tool of Modernization in Turkey." Middle Eastern Studies, 51(4): 515-539.

Kavas, Serap. 2014. "Discourses Of Demographic Change And Population Policies In Turkey In The Twentieth Century." Demográfia, 57(5): 91–112.

Kavas, Serap, and Arland Thornton. 2013. "Adjustment and Hybridity in Turkish Family Change: Perspectives from Developmental Idealism." Journal of Family History, 38(2): 223-241.

Recent Pub

Allendorf, "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius, Swindle, Young-Demarco, Moaddel. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Kiss, Tamás. "Escaping the "Balkanizing" Gaze? Perceptions of Global and Internal Developmental Hierarchies in Romania." East European Politics and Societies.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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