256 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
Demonstrating how Turkey’s politics have developed, this book focuses on the causes and consequences of the failed coup d'état of 15 July 2016. The momentous event and its aftermath challenges us to ask if the coup was the cause of Turkey’s present crisis, or simply an accelerant of trends already in motion, and thus a catalyst for the realization of Erdoğan’s latent authoritarian impulses.
Bringing together approaches from politics, sociology, history and anthropology, the chapters shed much-needed light on these crucial questions. They offer scholars and non-specialists alike a comprehensive overview of the implications of the coup attempt and its aftermath on the issues of religion, democracy, the Kurds, the state, resistance and more besides. Its effects have been felt in almost every aspect of Turkish society from religion to politics, yet it came at a time when Turkey was already experiencing significant social and political turmoil under the increasingly authoritarian leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Readers interested in contemporary politics, Turkish and Middle Eastern studies will find the volume useful, as they ponder other cases in this era of democratic retrenchment and global turmoil.
Introduction: Accelerating Political Crisis in Erdoğan’s Turkey Nikos Christofis
Politics, Transformation and State (Re)Formation
1. The Brutalisation of Turkey
2. The AKP Rule and the Directorate of Religious Affairs
3. On the Watch: Civil–Military Relations and Affective Politics in Turkey After the July 15 Coup
Sertaç Kaya Şen
4. Becoming an Autocracy Under (Un)Democratic Circumstances: Regime Change Under AKP Rule
Rosa Burç and Mahir Tokatlı
5. The Enduring Politics of State Capture in the Ottoman–Turkish Tradition: Situating the AKP–Gülen Concordat in Historical Perspective
Simon P. Watmough
6. The Transformation of Citizenship Before and After the July Coup: The Case of Civil Martyrdom
Pınar Melis Yelsalı Parmaksız
Democracy, Solidarity and Hegemonic Politics
7. Making Sense of ‘Democracy’: Anxieties, Uncertainties, and Denial in Post-Coup Turkey
8. Crisis of Hegemony, but no Counter-Hegemonic Project—Making Sense of the Failed July 15 Coup in Turkey
9. The Perspectives and Politics of the Left in Turkey Regarding the 15 July Coup Attempt
Özgür Mutlu Ulus
10. International Solidarity Perplexed: From Gezi Park’s Certainties to Post-Coup Confusions
11. The Coup as a Process: A Kurdish Perspective on the Development of New Autocracy in Turkey
This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.