Europeanization and Tolerance in Turkey: The Myth of Toleration

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This book discusses the ways in which ethno-cultural and religious diversity has hitherto been handled by the modern Turkish state within the framework of the discourse of tolerance in line with the contemporary Europeanization process. Among many other topics, this book will delineate the construction of the Turkish national identity and the modern Turkish state in a way that underlines the constitutive elements of the state machinery as well as the technologies of citizenship in Turkey since the decay of the ...

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Overview

This book discusses the ways in which ethno-cultural and religious diversity has hitherto been handled by the modern Turkish state within the framework of the discourse of tolerance in line with the contemporary Europeanization process. Among many other topics, this book will delineate the construction of the Turkish national identity and the modern Turkish state in a way that underlines the constitutive elements of the state machinery as well as the technologies of citizenship in Turkey since the decay of the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century. Depicting the major challenges to the traditional Kemalist nation-state project such as the Alevi Question, the Kurdish Question, the Headscarf Question and the processes of Europeanization, the book will also include an historical account of the notion of tolerance in the Turkish context dating back to the heydays of the Ottoman Empire. Based on qualitative survey findings, this work is an attempt to unravel the myth of tolerance in Turkey.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With this book Ayhan Kaya elevates the discussion around modernization and diversity in Turkey to a new level." - Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University, Germany

"Pathbreaking and original...a text that will be the essential food for thought. Highly recommended!" - Fuat Keyman, Istanbul Policy Centre, Sabanci University, Turkey

"This is an insightful and critical book on recent socio-political developments in Turkey and on Turkey's path towards EU membership." -Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Italy

"This book will remain an essential source for all those who wish to take a fresh look at the Turkish experiment from the days of the Republic through the transformative rule of the AKP." - Soli Özel, Kadir Has University, Turkey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230300347
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/8/2013
  • Series: Identities and Modernities in Europe Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,176,057
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ayhan Kaya is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair for European Politics of Interculturalism, Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. His previous book was Islam, Migration and Integration: The Age of Securitization (Palgrave, 2012).

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Table of Contents

1. Multiple Modernities and Turkish Modernity: A Continuous Jourbaney of Europeanization
2. Tolerance and Cultural Diversity Discourses in Turkey
3. Kurdish Question: A Hundred Years of Solitude
4. AKP's Alevi Initiative: Limits of Tolerance
5. Headscarf Issue
6. Nation, Europe and Modernity: Social Critic of the 'Holy Trinity' (Sunni-Muslim Turk)

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