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Kurds of Modern Turkey: Migration, Neoliberalism and Exclusion in Turkish Society

Kurds of Modern Turkey: Migration, Neoliberalism and Exclusion in Turkish Society
Cenk Saracoglu

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The role of the Kurds in Turkey has long been a controversial issue, although discussion has generally been focused around the political and cultural rights and activities of the Kurds. This book aims to bring a new approach to this contentious subject by shifting attention to the changing popular image of the Kurds in Turkish cities. It focuses particularly on the ways in which the middle-class in Turkish cities develop an exclusionary discourse against the Kurds. Cenk Saracoglu investigates the social origins of such a perception by bringing into focus how neoliberal economic policies and Kurdish migration have transformed urban life in Turkey.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Ethnographic Fieldwork and Methodological Considerations

Chapter 3: Clarifying the Research Object: Exclusive Recognition

Chapter 4: The Historical Specificity of ‘Exclusive Recognition’

Chapter 5: Urban Everyday Life: The Locus of Exclusive Recognition

Chapter 6: National-Level Dynamics and the Social Life in Turkish Cities

Chapter 7: The Recognition of ‘Kurdish Migrants’

Chapter 8: Excluding the Recognized

Chapter 9: The Reinforcement of Exclusive Recognition

Chapter 10: Exclusive Recognition: An Ideology

Chapter 11: Conclusion

Author Info

Cenk Saracoglu teaches Political Science and International Relations at the Middle East Technical University, North Cyprus Campus.


When, as a result of several confrontations and tensions recently observed in Turkey, Turkish media and other scholars fully recognised the increasing visibility of popular anti-Kurdish sentiments in Turkey, Cenk Saraçoglu's work attracted a great deal of attention and became the major point of reference in the discussions of anti-Kurdish sentiments in Turkey. Apart from being an original contribution to the study of the Kurdish question in particular, Saraçoglu's work has also the potential to have an influence on the studies on racism, nationalism and xenophobia in general.
– Dr Danièle Bélanger, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and Canada Research Chair in Population, The University of Western Ontario

Cenk Saraçoglu's book provides a breath of fresh air on a topic on which political and academic explorations often find themselves rooted in simplified and polarised analysis. Saraçoglu's unique and original research makes a great contribution not just to the understanding of anti-Kurdish attitudes in Turkey in the recent period, but also to a more universal understanding of ethnicism and cultural racism in the context of neoliberalism and forced migration.
– Dr Sedef Arat-Koc, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Toronto

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Tauris Academic Studies
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies

ISBN: 9781848854680
Publication Date: 29 Oct 2010
Number of Pages: 248
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 1 map

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