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Today my blog piece is again about a book. The book 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 book     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

      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

Posted by Begum Burak

    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

Posted by Begum Burak

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

In the elections held last Sunday, the ruling party AKP has lost control of the capital Ankara which can be seen as a serious blow to the party’s 16-year rule.In parallel to that, the opposition party’s Ekrem İmamoğlu is slightly ahead in the contest for mayor of Istanbul . As known, the ruling party does… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

I think, almost every political scientist agrees that, differences are seen as a threat to state authority. Even in Western democracies, different ethnic or religious groups ( minorities) are not treated equally. For instance, in Austria, a considerable degree of Islamophobia is evident.   On the other hand, in terms of Turkish context, the establishment… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

The “Post Modern Coup”

The coup known as “post modern coup” is a milestone in Turkish democracy history, as it divided the political islamist actors (National Outlook) into two different camps and one of them has turned into a party now known as the AK Party.… In 1997, a soft coup broke out in Turkey known as the February… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

    Today, the whole world and my country also go through a legitimacy crisis in the political sphere. As long as the ballot box is seen as the only parameter of democracy, such legitimacy crisis will always find some way to emerge. According to the German socioogist Ulrich Beck, one of the causes behind… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak