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1st Edition

The Making of Neoliberal Turkey

ISBN 9781472473837
Published March 9, 2016 by Routledge
244 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Contents: The Making of Neoliberal Turkey: an introduction, Maral Erol, Cenk Ozbay, Z. Umut Turem and Aysecan Terzioglu; Turkey’s experience with neoliberal policies since 1980 in retrospect and prospect, Fikret Senses; Engineering competition and competitive subjectivities: ‘self’ and political economy in neoliberal Turkey, Z. Umut Turem; Governing without control: Turkey’s ‘struggle’ with international migration, Deniz Sert and Ugur Yildiz; The violence law and the governmentalization of football in Turkey, Yagmur Nuhrat; Inarticulate, self-vigilant, and egotistical: masculinity in Turkish drawn stories, Cenk Ozbay; Urban anxieties and Kurdish migrants: urbanity, belonging, and resistance in Istanbul, Ozgur Sevgi Goral; The mourning mother: rhetorical figure or a political actor?, Zeynep Gulru Goker; Health care for all? Rethinking globalization and health inequalities in the Turkish context, Aysecan Terzioglu; Anticipation, choice, and personal responsibility: medicalization of menopause as gendered governmentality, Maral Erol; Remaking the tobacco market: the emergence of contract farming and new subjectivities, Ebru Kayaalp; The politics of biotechnology and the governance of genetically modified organisms in Turkey, Zuhre Aksoy; Governmentality and environmentalism in Turkey: power, politics, and environmental movements, Dilek Unalan; Index.


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Cenk Ozbay Holds a PhD in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California. He is Associate Professor at Bogazici University. Maral Erol holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is Assistant Professor at Istanbul Medipol University. AysecanTerzioglu holds a PhD in Anthropology from the City University of New York. She is Assistant Professor at Koc University. Z. Umut Turem Holds a PhD in Sociology from New York University. He is Assistant Professor at Bogazici University.


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. -- Şevket Pamuk, Bogaziçi 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 İçduygu, Koç University, Istanbul