Turkey's Kurdish question : discourse and politics since 1990

Ünver, H. Akin

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Summary

  • "The Kurdish question is one of the most complicated and protracted conflicts of the Middle East and will never be resolved unless it is finally defined. The majority of the Kurdish people live in Turkey, which gives the country a unique position in the larger Kurdish conundrum. Society in Turkey is deeply divided over the definition and even existence of the Kurdish question, and this uncertainty has long manifested itself in its complete denial, or in accusations of political rivals of 'separatism' and even 'treason'. Turkey's Kurdish Question explores how these denial and acknowledgement dynamics often reveal pre-existing political ideology and agenda priorities, themselves becoming political actions. While the very term 'Kurdish question' is discussed in the academic literature as a given, a new and systemic study is required to deconstruct and analyze the constitutive parts of this discursive construct. This book provides the first comprehensive study and analysis of the discursive constructions and perceptions of what is broadly defined as the 'Kurdish question' in Turkish, European and American political cultures. Turkey's Kurdish Question would suit students and scholars of Middle East studies, Conflict studies and Comparative Politics, as well as Turkish or Kurdish studies"--Provided by publisher.

Notes

  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents

  • The transnational kant and the search for a Diyarbakir social contract : emancipation discourses in the European Parliament and US Congress -- Hobbes in Washington and Brussels : defining Kurdish chaos and Turkish order -- Schrödinger's Kurd : can the Kurdish question both exist and not exist in Turkey? -- Concluding comparative analysis
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