The PKK-Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s Regional Politics

During and After the Cold War

  • Ali Balci

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 185-212

About this book


This book presents a theoretical framework to study dissident ethnic movements’ imagination of world politics, with a special focus on the PKK as a case study. Dissident ethnic movements are not only a challenge to the existing hegemonic power, but they also produce an alternative closed society based on different ethnic imagination. Instead of taking the armed PKK movement as a pure resistant, this book approaches contemporary Kurdish nationalism led by the PKK as a counter-hegemonic with a narrative that entails the emergence of a new kind of identity and sense of belonging, through which the PKK has been able to exercise its power. This book is an attempt to go beyond resistance-oriented approach, unveiling the two faces of the PKK’s representation of world politics: its transformative effect on the Kurds, and its exclusionary function towards traditional and alternative Kurdish subjects/institutions.


Kurdistan Workers' Party Kurdish Nation Soviet Union Socialism Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan Turkey

Authors and affiliations

  • Ali Balci
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  1. 1.Sakarya University SerdivanTurkey

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