State ideology and the Kurds in Turkey

Loizides, Neophytos G. (2010) State ideology and the Kurds in Turkey. Middle Eastern Studies, 46 (4). pp. 513-527. ISSN 0026-3206. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2010.492987) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article evaluates theories of nationalism by examining the formation of Kurdish nationalism in Turkey. It deals particularly with the various manifestations of contemporary Kurdish minority question and provides an account for the late development of Kurdish nationalism in Turkey. It situates the Kurdish experience within the broader experience of the post-Ottoman world and analyzes the awakening of Kurdish national identity among broader segments of the population. It provides an alternative to Ernest Gellner’s functionalist account of nationalism and industrialization by stressing the link between state policies and minority nationalism. It considers the political, social and other implications of state repression as well as the opportunities created in the diaspora or through external intervention. It argues that state policies in Turkey did not prevent and even contributed to the rise of Kurdish minority nationalism. Finally, the article raises two interrelated questions: what types of nationalism have Kurds developed under conditions of limited expression and what options for conflict resolution are present particularly in light of Turkey’s democratization and EU accession process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Turkey, Kurds, nationalism, minority rights, EU, Ernest Gellner
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2013 22:33 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 11:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36771 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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