Fragments of modernization: Domestic spaces indicating traditional dialects in a modern speech

Ozge Merzali Celikoglu*

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This article examines the change in Turkish domestic space through modernization and, in particular, the artifact of lace, as a nonchanging object in Turkish home in its relationship with the "traditional" and the "modern" domestic settings. Thereby it investigates how traditional and modern settings are defined in Turkish society and, this leads to a further analysis of the modernization process in Turkey within the scope of Turkish house and its domestic settings. The aim of the article is to analyze lace as an agent, which is an actant of the change in domestic settings, to read the connection between the daily life of people and social lives of artifacts. Therefore, examining the dialogue of lace with traditional and modern domestic settings provides to deconstruct the network of the artifact, the house and the individual during the modernization process that Turkish society has been through. The theoretical perspective of the article relies on a material-semiotic approach with an emphasis on Latour's Actor-Network Theory and, the methodology of the article is based on ethnography: It includes observations and semi-structured interviews conducted with people from different social environments focusing on the meaning and the use of lace in domestic environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-411
Number of pages21
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • actor-network theory
  • domestic culture
  • material culture
  • modernization
  • sociocultural change


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