The Politics of Public Memory in Turkey

The Politics of Public Memory in Turkey

by Esra Ozyurek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815631316

ISBN-13: 9780815631316

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Turkish society is frequently accused of having amnesia. It has been said that there is no social memory in Turkey before Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded modern Turkey after World War I. Indeed, in 1923, the newly founded Turkish Republic committed to a modernist future by erasing the memory of its Ottoman past. Now, almost eighty years after the establishment of the…  See more details below

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Turkish society is frequently accused of having amnesia. It has been said that there is no social memory in Turkey before Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded modern Turkey after World War I. Indeed, in 1923, the newly founded Turkish Republic committed to a modernist future by erasing the memory of its Ottoman past. Now, almost eighty years after the establishment of the Republic, the grandchildren of the founders have a different relationship with history. New generations make every effort to remember, record, and reconcile earlier periods. The multiple, personalized representations of the past which they have recovered allow contemporary Turkish citizens to create alternative identities for themselves and their communities. Unlike its futuristic and homogenizing character at the turn of the twentieth century, Turkish nationalism today uses memories to generate varied narratives for the nation and its minority groups. Contributors to this volume come from such diverse disciplines as anthropology, comparative literature, and sociology, but they share a common understanding of contemporary Turkey and how its different representations of the past have become metaphors through which individuals and groups define their cultural identity and political position. They explore the ways people challenge, reaffirm, or transform the concepts of history, nation, homeland, and "Republic" through acts of memory- effectively demonstrating that memory can be both the basis of cultural reproduction and a form of resistance. The introduction of comparative material to other societies is rare and adds an important new dimension to the analyses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815631316
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents


Illustrations     vii
Contributors     ix
Introduction: The Politics of Public Memory in Turkey   Esra Ozyurek     1
Weaving Modernity, Commercializing Carpets: Collective Memory and Contested Tradition in Orselli Village   Kimberly Hart     16
Stories in Three Dimensions: Narratives of Nation and the Anatolian Civilizations Museum   Asli Gur     40
Remembering a Nine-Thousand-Year-Old Site: Presenting Catalhoyuk   Ayfer Bartu Candan     70
An Endless Death and an Eternal Mourning: November 10 in Turkey   Nazli Okten     95
Public Memory as Political Battleground: Islamist Subversions of Republican Nostalgia   Esra Ozyurek     114
Memories of Violence, Memoirs of Nation: The 1915 Massacres and the Construction of Armenian Identity   Cihan Tugal     138
Polyphony and Geographic Kinship in Anatolia: Framing the Turkish-Greek Compulsory Population Exchange   Asli Igsiz     162
References     191
Index     211

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