1st Edition

Turkey's Kurds A Theoretical Analysis of the PKK and Abdullah Ocalan

By Ali Kemal Özcan Copyright 2006
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) is examined here in this text on Kurdish nationalism. Incorporating recent field-based research results and newly translated material on Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK's long-time leader; it explores the nature and the organizational working of the party, from its growth in the late 1970s to its recent shrinkage. A variety of issues are addressed including:

    * the views and philosophy of Abdullah Ocalan
    * the successes and failures of the PKK in bringing about the Kurdish opposition in Turkey
    * the role of PKK's philosophy of recruitment, organizational diligence, use of arms and other contextual factors in Kurdish resistance
    * factors involved in the development of the nationalism of the Kurds in Turkey.

    The text also reappraises the Kurdish movement in Turkey and presents insights into the nature of Kurdish social structure, thinking, and the particularities of the Kurdish ethnic distinctness.

    Introduction  Part 1: Nationalism  1. Distilling the 'Mongrelized' Twin Concepts of Modernity  2. The Twilight of 'Communist Nationalism'  3. Kurds' Nationness and Nationalism in Modern Turkey  Part 2: The Seeds of Turkey's Kurdish Question  4. The Last Push for the Last Refuge  5. The Vital Concerns of the Republican Turkish Political Elite: A 'National War' without Nationalism  6. The Sharp Contrast between the Two Policies  Part 3: Enter the PKK  7. The Accumulative Period  8. The Emergence of the 'Apocular' Group  Part 4: The Discourse and the Objectives of the PKK  9. The Theoretical Development of the Party and Its Programme from its Foundation to Ocalan's Arrest  10. Following Ocalan's Arrest: The 'Second Manifesto'  Part 5: Sources and Motivations  11. Tribe and Treason: The 'Twin Heritage' of Kurdishness  12. The Nature and Resource Field of the Organization  13. Messianic Charisma: For Whom it Operates  Part 6: The Rise and Fall of the PKK  14. The Organizational Ascent  15. The Organizational Vicious Circle and Its Shrinkage  Part 7: Conclusion  Epilogue  Tables Appendices  Bibliography


    Ali Kemal Ozcan holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Kent. His thesis investigates the resent Kurdish resistance in Turkey. He is the author of Humanisation Movement (Berlin 1999): The Nature and Resource Field of the Kurdish Resistance in Turkey: A Dormant Resource (forthcoming 2005). Research interests include nationalism, democratisation and civil society.

    'This book reappraises the Kurdish movement in Turkey and presents insights into the nature of Kurdish social structure.' - The MiddleEast