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Turkish National Identity and Its Outsiders

Memories of State Violence in Dersim, 1st Edition

By Ozlem Goner

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This book examines the ways in which states and nations are constructed and legitimated through defining and managing outsiders. Focusing on Turkey and the municipality of Dersim – a region that has historically combined different outsider identities, including Armenian, Kurdish, and Alevi identities – the author explores the remembering, transformation and mobilisation of everyday relations of power and the manner in which relationships with the state shape both outsider identities and the conception of the nation itself.

Together with a discussion of the recent decade in which the history, identity, and nature of Dersim have been central to various social and political organisations, the author concentrates on three defining periods of state-outsider relationships – the massacre and the following displacements in Dersim known as ‘1938’; the growth of capitalism in Turkey and the leftist movements in Dersim between World War II and the coup d’état of 1980; and the rise of the PKK and the ‘state of exception’ in Dersim in the 1990s – to show how outsiders came to be defined as ‘exceptions to the law’ and how they were managed in different periods.

Drawing on archival methods, field research, in-depth and multiple-session interviews and focus groups with three consecutive generations, this book offers a historical understanding of relationships of power and struggle as they are actualised and challenged at particular localities and shaped through the making of outsiderness. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of sociology, anthropology and political science, as well as historians.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Introduction: Outsiderness

Chapter 2. The Production of Dersim as an Outsider: Turkish State and the Nation in the 1930s

Chapter 3. Memory, Consciousness of History and Identity of Outsiderness: The Witness Generation

Chapter 4. Capitalism, Leftist Movements and the Transformation of Outsiderness: The Children Generation

Chapter 5. The PKK, State of Exception and the Paralysis of Outsiderness: The Grandchildren Generation

Chapter 6. Outsiderness: Transformations, Contestations, and Potentials

Index

About the Author

Ozlem Goner is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY). She earned degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Bogazici University, Turkey and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests focus on political sociology, memory, race and ethnicity, social movements, sociology of place and environment, qualitative methods, and classical, post-structural, postcolonial and feminist theory. Her work on memory and historicity; neoliberalism, environment and identity; and outsider identities in Turkey has been published in academic journals and edited volumes.

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SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General