MESA Book Awards
Salih Can Açıksöz
2020 Fatema Mernissi Book Award Winner
A study of the contemporary Turkish gazi, or injured military veteran as non-normative masculinity, Sacrificial Limbs impressed the committee with the rigor of its theoretical perspective, and the nuance and care with which Açıksöz approaches this community. The discourse on prosthesis was particularly generative and inspired. Revealing the far-right politicization of disability and masculinity through a sophisticated theorization of non-binary gender, Açıksöz renders an ethnographic study with significant comparative potential, both within the Middle East as well as other global militarized societies, not least the United States.