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Başak Can


Assistant Professor

Sociology Department
Koç University

Başak Can has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently teaching at Koç University.  She is a medical anthropologist with an interest in the intersections of human rights, gender, politics of care and body. Her research has led to several publications in peer-reviewed journals including Medical Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Reproductive Health Matters and New Perspectives on Turkey. She has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals in Turkish such as Toplum ve Bilim, Toplum ve Hekim and Moment Dergi. At Koç University, she teaches classes in social anthropology, gender, contemporary social theory and ethnographic research methods.

Selected Publications

Can, B. (2017).
1980 sonrasında toplumsal hareket olarak tutuklu aileleri: Karşılaşmalar ve tanıklık [Prisoners’ families as a social movement in the aftermath of 1980: Encounters and witnessing]. Toplum ve Bilim, 141, 173-194.


Can, B. (2017).
Gündelik hayat, iktidar ilişkileri ve etik kodların kesişiminde etnografik araştırma [Ethnographic research at the intersections of everyday life, power relations and ethical codes]. Moment Dergi: Hacettepe Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi Kültürel Çalışmalar Dergisi,  4(1), 155-172.


Can, B. (2017).
The gendered work places of women garment workers in Istanbul. Reproductive Health Matters, 25(Suppl. 1), 47-55.


Can, B. (2016).
Human rights, humanitarianism, and state violence: Medical documentation of torture in Turkey. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 30(3). 342-358.

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