Mountain Turks: state ideology and the Kurds in Turkey

Sagnic, Ceng (2010) Mountain Turks: state ideology and the Kurds in Turkey. Information, society and justice journal, 3 (2). pp. 127-134. ISSN 1756-1078

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This article examines the implementation of the Turkish state ideology as a tool for persuading and assimilating the Kurds and other ethnic and linguistic groups. Existing studies emphasize that the Kurds were subjected to a systematic forced assimilation campaign by the new Kemalist state. This paper stresses that the formation of Turkey after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire is the root to understanding the ideological foundation of the Turkish state’s denial of the Kurds, their history, language and even their existence. This has huge implications for Turkey’s claims to secular democracy, its regional stature and aspirations to join the European Union.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, society and justice journal; State ideology; Hegemony; Assimilation; Ethnicity; Language; Ottoman Empire; Kemalism; Kurds; Turkey
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 14:35
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2020 10:24


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