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Migration: Conceptual Review

In my blog post today, I will attempt to analyze migration in theory and practice. My upcoming articles will be about theories of migration, the relationship between gender, food and identity and the role of cuisine in the interaction among migrants and host communuties. My blog series will cover a major literature on migration, gender… » read more

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Trends in Turkey 2019

    The result of the ‘Trends in Turkey’ [Türkiye Eğilimleri] survey which has been held for ten years was announced at a meeting held at Kadir Has University in previous days. The study, which was prepared by an academic team under the coordination of Prof. Mustafa Aydın was conducted between November 25 and December… » read more

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NATION-BUILDING: HOMOGENIZATION POLICIES AND DYNAMICS¨ Almost every nation-state since their inception has had some kind of an ‘imagined’ desired citizen profile. This concept of desired citizen has its constitutive others too. Thus, while on the one hand nation-state endeavors to construct desired citizenship; on the other hand and simultaneously, it tries to assimilate or dissimilate… » read more

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  State-formation process entails producing some kind of an ‘imagined’good or desired citizen profile. This concept of imagined desired citizen has its significant other(s) too who have influenced the constitution or reconstitution of the national identity. The notion of a significant other may be another ethnic or religious group and significant others have an influence… » read more

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Today my blog piece is again about an article. The article is written by Ahmet Öncü and Gürcan Koçan with the name “Citizen Alevi in Turkey: Beyond Confirmation and Denial”.       Here are some important points covered in the article:     Understood as one “imagined” homogeneous socio-cultural-political whole (Gellner, 1997; Anderson, 1991),… » read more

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          In the last couple of weeks, Turkey has been witnessing quite bizarre developments in the political scene.   As known, the İstanbul polls will be re-held tomorrow and the tension between the two camps has risen. The voters of İmamoğlu and Yıldırım have got engaged in conflictual dialogues in social… » read more

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      Maybe, the title of my blog piece seems a bit tricky and thought-provoking. Of course, I do not mean that, in today’s world, mothers lose their intrinsic values because of integrating into the capitalist order.I aim to argue that, wild capitalism exploits motherhood through commercialization… With its inception, Mother’s Day was intended… » read more

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    The decision of the Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) to repeat only Istanbul metropolitan mayoral election is of a political nature according to many people. The declarations of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with the leader of Nationalist Action Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli and the pro-government media put a considerable degree of pressure upon… » read more

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It is very unfortunate to observe a physical attack against the leader of the main opposition party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. We all know that one thing is certain. This attack has made it crystal clear that the long-standing political polarization in the country can bring rather dangerous outcomes. The harsh rhetoric adopted by the political figures… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak