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The Madımak Affair

This piece is taken from a part of my PhD thesis defended in 2015. For proposal sample visit this link. Alevis[1] differ from the Sunni Muslim majority in their practice and interpretation of Islam. Specific rituals and cultural practices play an important role in the maintenance of Alevi identity. Parallel to the Islamist and Kurdish… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

  On 27 May, 1960, modern Turkey witnessed its first full-fledged military coup. The coup was of a non-hierarchical nature in the sense that it was not carried out by generals but by other military officers belonging to lower status such as colonels. What paved the way for the coup can be seen as multi-dimensional.… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

This article was written in 2012. Now I want to post it on my blog page. It is also available online at GW Post but it is hard to find and get Access; so I put it here as some sort of archieve practice 🙂     In my country, while discussing daily political and… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

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

Posted by Begum Burak

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

Posted by Begum Burak

  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

Posted by Begum Burak

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

Posted by Begum Burak

          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

Posted by Begum Burak