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Turkey's Kurdish Problem: Borders, Identity, and Hegemony

Ümit Cizre

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244901.003.0008
 Turkey's Kurdish Problem: Borders, Identity, and Hegemony

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Ümit Cizre rethinks the connections between the metaphor of boundaries as containers of democracy and the evolution of Turkish and Kurdish identities since the founding of the modern Turkey in 1919–23. The author identifies the dual nature of Turkish nationality: equal citizenship without regard to ethnicity and ethnic singularity of Turkishness. Cizre then examines Kurdish contestation of this hegemonic discourse of nationality and its link to the state's territory. The author also places the chapter's conclusions in the context of the arrest and trial of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).

Keywords: Ümit Cizre; identity; Kurdish; Kurdish Workers’ Party; nationality; Abdullah Öcalan; PKK; Turkey; Turkish

Chapter.  12835 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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