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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Turkey

Edited By

Joost Jongerden

ISBN 9780367209025
Published August 12, 2021 by Routledge
534 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook discusses the new political and social realities in Turkey from a range of perspectives, emphasizing both changes as well as continuities. Contextualizing recent developments, the chapters, written by experts in their fields, combine analytical depth with a broad overview.

In the last few years alone, Turkey has experienced a failed coup attempt; a prolonged state of emergency; the development of a presidential system based on the supreme power of the head of state; a crackdown on traditional and new media, universities and civil society organizations; the detention of journalists, mayors and members of parliament; the establishment of political tutelage over the judiciary; and a staggering economic crisis. It has also terminated talks with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK); intervened in and occupied mountainous border areas in northern Iraq to fight that organization; occupied Afrin and strips of territory in northern Syria; intervened in Libya; articulated an assertive transnational politics toward “kin” across the world; strained its relations with the European Union and the US, while developing relations with Russia; flirted with China’s intercontinental Belt and Road Initiative; and carved out a presence in Africa, to name just a few of the most recent developments.

This volume provides a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of the making of modern Turkey. It is a key reference for students and scholars interested in political economy, security studies, international relations and Turkish studies.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
Joost Jongerden
2 Politics and ideology: party and opposition in the late Ottoman and early republican period
James Ryan
3 Violence against the Kurds in the Turkish Republic
Uğur Ümit Üngör and Ayhan Işık
4 Remaking Turkey’s polity and cultural landscapes
Zeynep Kezer
5 Refugees of the 1923 population exchange between Turkey and Greece: Greek efforts for integration and assimilation
Eleni Kyramargiou
6 The making of a national city: from Mezre to Elazığ
Ali Sipahi
7 Populism in Turkey: From a political style to a model for global politics?
M. Asım Karaömerlioğlu
8 Turkish secular nationalism as religion
Ferhat Kentel
9 Parties and politics in Turkey
Elise Massicard
10 Civil-military relations in Turkey: patterns and Possibilities
Burak Bilgehan Özpek
11 Coups and state formation in Turkey
Nikos Christofis
12 Constitutions and political systems
Ergun Özbudun
13 Competitive authoritarianism in Turkey under the AKP rule
Berk Esen
14 Politics of truth and post-truth
Hakkı Taş
15 Kurdish politics in Turkey
Cengiz Gunes
16 Turkish nationalism and patriarchy
Simten Coşar
17 Youth politics
Ayça Alemdaroğlu
18 Tracing the reverse history of homosexuality from the Ottoman Empire to contemporary Turkey: from tolerance to discrimination
Ceylan Engin and Zeynep Özbarlas
19 Mad patriots: militarized masculinities and nation-building in contemporary Turkish novels
Çimen Günay-Erkol
20 Contemporary cinema of Turkey: being and becoming
Gönül Dönmez-Colin
21 Musical diversity and the struggle for identities
Martin Greve
22 The political economy of Turkey in the last two centuries
Bora Selçuk and Murat Öztürk
23 The Kurdish question in contemporary Turkey: a political economy
Veli Yadirgi
24 “Concrete” steps toward modernization: dam-, state-, and nation-building in southeastern Turkey 
Arda Bilgen
25 Political economy of environmental conflicts in Turkey: from the Bergama resistance to the Gezi protests and beyond 
Murat Arsel, Fikret Adaman and Bengi Akbulut
26 Agriculture and rural life in Turkey
Murat Öztürk, Joost Jongerden and Andy Hilton
27 The layers of an onion: food and nation in Turkey
John William Day
28 Migration from rural Anatolia to metropolitan cities
Tahire Erman
29 The architecture of dispossession, disaster, and emergency in urban Turkey
Eray Çaylı
30 Civilizing space: addressing disorder in rural and urban landscapes
Joost Jongerden
31 Social movements and urban activism in Turkey
Christopher Houston
32 Religious movements in Turkey 
Ceren Lord
33 The quest for cultural power: Islamism, culture and art in Turkey
Özgür Yaren, Cenk Saraçoğlu and Irmak Karademir-Hazır
34 Media as hyper-social and activists as critical generators in contemporary Turkey 
Asli Telli Aydemir
35 Turkey’s responses to refugees: past and present
Ahmet İçduygu and Damla B. Aksel
36 “Turkey is bigger than Turkey”: diaspora- building and the transnational politics of the Turkish state
Banu Şenay
37 Turkey and the West: dealignment in contemporary times
Sinan Ciddi
38 Turkey and the Middle East
Michael M. Gunter
39 Turkey’s ‘novel’ enterprising and humanitarian foreign policy and Africa
Pinar Akpinar


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Joost Jongerden is an associate professor at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and project professor at Kyoto University in Japan. A common denominator of his research has been the question of how people create and maintain a livable life under conditions of precarity. This he refers to as self- organized practices or “Do-It-Yourself-Development.”