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Humbling Turkishness: Undoing the Strategies of Exclusion and Inclusion of Turkish Modernity

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posted on 2017-12-14, 13:44 authored by Ipek Demir
Kurds make up about a fifth of Turkey's population. Turkey has taken steps – albeit slowly and reluctantly – towards increased recognition of Kurdish cultural and linguistic rights. However, within Turkey there is also a steeply rising tide of Turkish nationalism, prejudice and intolerance towards Kurds, and increasing anti-Kurdish sentiment. This article brings studies of Kurdishness and Turkishness into a single conversation and traces the relationship between Turkish modernity, Orientalized Kurdishness and the construction of Turkishness as the efendi (master) identity. It does this by drawing attention to “strategies of exclusion and inclusion” in the construction of official Turkish history, and relates these to the way in which the tense borders between Kurds and Turks are maintained and currently reproduced. It also presents a normative argument in favour of “humbling Turkishness” and “solidarity trading zones”.

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Journal of Historical Sociology, 2014, 27 (3), pp. 381-401

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media and Communication

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of Historical Sociology

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Wiley

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0952-1909

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1467-6443

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2014

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2017-12-14

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/johs.12054/full

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en

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