Turkey's Kurdish Question : Discourse & Politics Since 1990.
By: Unver, Hamid Akin.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics: Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (197 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317511335.Subject(s): Discourse analysis -- Political aspects | Kurds -- Civil rights -- Turkey | Kurds -- Government policy -- Turkey | Kurds -- Turkey -- Politics and government | Kurds -- Turkey -- Social conditions | Political culture -- Europe | Political culture -- Turkey | Political culture -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Turkey's Kurdish Question : Discourse & Politics Since 1990DDC classification: 305.8915970561 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of illustrations -- List of acronyms -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Why study discourse on the Kurdish question? -- Political language and the study of the Kurdish question -- Why post-Cold War conflicts aren't 'internal' anymore: state sovereignty, parliaments and secession -- Organization of the book -- 1 The transnational Kant and the search for a Diyarbakır social contract: emancipation discourses in the European Parliament and US Congress -- Human rights: or, how to shoot yourself in the head with an infantry rifle -- Was 'Turkish democracy' an oxymoron in the 1990s? -- Scorched earth: excessive force and security misconduct criticisms -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 2 Hobbes in Washington and Brussels: defining Kurdish chaos and Turkish order -- How power thinks: deconstructing the logic of states in conflict -- European priorities of Turkish statecraft: strategic utility and secularism -- US Congress: betwixt selling cluster bombs and filing war crimes case against Turkey -- Transnational Locke meets transnational Hobbes: self-critique in the European Parliament and US Congress -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 3 Schrödinger's Kurd: can the Kurdish question both exist and not exist in Turkey? -- Defining the Kurdish question in Turkish political discourse -- Human rights -- Democracy and democratization -- Excessive force and disproportionate use of weaponry -- Security and terrorism -- Economic-developmental discourses -- Legalistic discourses -- Autonomy-ethnicity-culturalism -- Self-criticism in the TGNA -- Foreign Dark Powers: how Turkey understood the international relations of the Kurdish question -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 4 Concluding comparative analysis -- Notes -- Epilogue: Justice of Development Party (AKP) discourse on the Kurdish question.
Welfare Party and Erdoğan's political formation on the Kurdish question -- Erdoğan in power: AKP's Kurdish discourse, 2002-2009 -- After 2009: kurdish opening, Arab spring and the Syrian civil war -- Notes -- Index.
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. Furthermore, its new methodological approach to the study of discourse and politics of secessionist conflicts can be applied to many similar intra-state conflict cases. 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. H. Akın Ünver is an assistant professor of international relations at Kadir Has University. This book is based on his dissertation 'Defining Turkey's Kurdish Question', which has won the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 2010 Malcolm H. Kerr award for the best dissertation in the field of social sciences.
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