Unthinking the "Turkish Case"
KünyeÜnsar, S. (2012). Unthinking the Turkish Case. International Journal of Turcologia. 7.13, 39-54.
The essay proposes to critique ‘identity politics’ as an Orientalist discourse of imperial politics by unthinking the “Turkish case”. It argues that the intermingled processes of de-politicization, denationalization, de-secularization and the emergence of a hegemonic neo-liberal political rationality in the country have been concurrent paths leading to a metamorphosis of ‘democracy’. Taking up a political economy perspective, the essay also argues for the inevitable need of a paradigmatic shift, free of Orientalist residue, that must be geared towards an enhanced understanding of the relationship between a rising neo-conservative hegemony grasping the language of democracy and the endurance of a redistributive institutional structure.