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Esra Özyürek; Gaye Özpınar; Emrah Altındiş

Authoritarianism and Resistance in Turkey

Conversations on Democratic and Social Challenges

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ISBN: 978-3-030-09559-8
Verlag: Springer International Publishing
Format: Flexibler Einband
XV, 290 Seiten; 23.5 cm x 15.5 cm, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2019, 2019


This book offers an in-depth overview of Turkish history and politics essential for understanding contemporary Turkey. It presents an analysis on a number of key issues from gender inequality to Islamism to urban regeneration. Based on interviews with leading intellectuals and academics from Turkey, the book’s theme follows the dramatic transformations that have occurred from the 1980 military coup to the coup attempt of 2016 and its aftermath. It further draws attention to the global flows of capital, goods, ideas, and technologies that continue to influence both mainstream and dissident politics. By doing so, the book tries to unsettle the assumption that Erdoğan and his Islamic ideology are the sole actors in contemporary Turkey. This book provides unusual insight into the Turkish society bringing various topics together, and increases the dialogue for people interested in democratic struggles in 21st century under neoliberal authoritarian regimes in general.


I-             Introduction by Esra Ozyurek                                                                                    

II-            An Overview of History

1-            Kemalism and the CHP – Baskın Oran and Karabekir Akkoyunlu                 

2-            September 12, 1980 coup detat – Ertugrul Mavioğlu and Eylem Delikanlı

3-            History of social movements – Sungur Savran and Erol Ülker                       

III-          Politics and Economics

4-            Economy – Ahmet Tonak and Ümit Akçay 

5-            Neoliberalism – Asli Iğsız and Elif Sarı                                                                   

6-            Urban regeneration – Mücella Yapıcı and Esin Ileri

IV-          Political Islam and the AKP

7-            AKP government – Yuksel Taşkin and Burak Cop                                                 

8-            The Gülen Community – Ahmet Sık and Deniz akirer                                      

V-           Social Movements

9-            Gezi revolts – Dogan Cetinkaya and Bilge Seckin Cetinkaya

10-          Feminism – Aksu Bora and Nil Uzun

11-          LGBT movement – Evren Savci and Sebnem Kenis

12-          Working class struggles – Aziz Celik and Emrah Altindis                                  

13-          Environmentalism – Bulent Sik and Cana Ulutas                                                

VI-          Minorities and Conflicts

14-          Kurdish Question – Nazan Üstündag and Güney Yıldız                                    

15-          Armenian Genocide – Lerna Ekmekcioğlu and Seda Altuğ

16-          Alevi Struggles – Besim Can Zirh and Murat Es                                            

VII-         Human Rights

17-          Human Rights – Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Aylin Tekiner

18-          Freedom of Speech – Fikret Ilkiz and Defne Över

19-          Public violence – Tanil Bora and Deniz Yonucu                                                   

VIII-       Culture and Psychology

20-          Turkish Literature – Jale Parla, Mehmet Fatih Uslu, and Özge Ertem        

21-          Mental health – Cem Kaptanoğlu and Bilal Ersoy

22-          Turkish Cinema – Deniz Morva Kaplamaci and Kıvanc Sezer                         

Biographies of editors

Biographies of contributors


Biografische Anmerkung zu den Verfassern

Esra Özyürek is an Associate Professor and Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics. She received her BA in Sociology and Political Science at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and her MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before joining the LSE she taught at the Anthropology Department of University of California, San Diego. Dr. Özyürek a political anthropologist who seeks to understand how Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other in Turkey and in Europe. Her most recent book Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion and Conversion in the New Europe has been published by the Princeton University Press (2014). Her previous book Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey has been published by Duke University Press (2007). She also is the editor of Politics of Public Memory in Turkey published by Syracuse University Press (2007) and Unuttuklarɩ ve Hatɩrladɩklarɩyla Turkiye’nin Toplumsal Hafɩzasɩ by İletişim Yayɩnevi (2002).

Gaye Ozpinar is an immigration and human rights lawyer.  She was born and raised in Turkey.  She came to the US to study politics at Brandeis University and stayed on to continue her education in law at Suffolk University.  While pursuing her studies she was a student volunteer with the Suffolk Civil Rights Project and also the Massachusetts ACLU.  Through Political Asylum and Immigration Reform Project (PAIR) she worked with many torture survivors and assisted with asylum applications.  She is the past president and a current Board Member of 'Bostonbul' a forum of activists that organically came together in Boston in June 2013 simultaneously as the Gezi protests took place in Turkey.  She has given interviews to Turkish dailies such as Agos, T24 and Birgun on human rights issues.   She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and National Lawyers Guild (NLG).  In 2015 she was selected as a 'Rising Star' and a Top Female Attorney in Massachusetts by Super Lawyers magazine.

Emrah Altındiş is a medical scientist. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Bologna University (Bologna, Italy). He joined Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011 and is currently working as an Instructor in Medicine (Boston, USA). He has published several scientific research articles in the fields of microbiology and diabetes. He has also been a human rights activist, and for over a decade wrote political opinion pieces to various Turkish newspapers (Radikal, BirGün, Cumhuriyet), journals (Birikim) and news websites (Diken, Bianet) and has given interviews to several national and international media outlets.