Exploring the divergent aspects of the rule of neoliberalism in Turkey since 1980s, each chapter in this book highlights a specific dimension of this socio-economic process and together, these essays construct a thorough examination of the whirlwind of changes recently experienced by Turkish society. With particular focus on the new ways in which social power operates, expert contributors explore new discourses and subjectivities around environmentalism, health, popular culture, economic policies, feminism and motherhood, urban space and minorities, class and masculinities. By questioning the primary influence of the state in these micro-political matters, they engage with concepts of neoliberalism and governmentality to provide a fresh, grounded and analytical perspective on the routes through which social power navigates the society. This sustained examination of the new axes of power and subjectivity, with a particular eye on the formation of new political spaces of governance and resistance, deepens the analysis of Turkey’s experiment with neoliberal globalization.
This fascinating and wide-ranging collection of essays provides us with an analytically astute and richly evocative account of Turkey's encounter with globalization and neo-liberalism since the 1980s. Its combination of both macro and micro-perspectives, ranging from institutions to subjectivities, makes it uniquely timely.
-- Deniz Kandiyoti, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
This valuable collection offers alternative perspectives on Turkey since the 1980s. These insightful essays focus on culture, power and politics, new identities and social forces, the formation of new political spaces of governance and resistance. This important volume is recommended not only to those who want to better understand the complexities behind the Gezi Park protests but also to students of social science interested in developing societies in the era of globalization. -- Åževket Pamuk, BogaziÃ§i University, Istanbul
'This volume provides a powerful new context for debates about neoliberal agendas in twenty-first-century Turkey. Richly insightful and theoretically innovative, it presents comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of substantive areas from political economy to identity politics, from governmentality to mobility, and from health care to biotechnology. Alongside a wealth of much-needed empirical material on the Turkish case, the book makes an important theoretical contribution by insisting on a sophisticated and analytical understanding of neoliberalism.'
--Ahmet Ä°Ã§duygu, KoÃ§ University, Istanbul