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At the Intersection of Competing Modernizations: Gezi as a Litmus Test for the Public Sphere

  • Hikmet Kırık
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)

Abstract

One way of understanding recent turmoil in Tukish politics is to look at it from the perspective of its peculiar modernisation with a telos of reaching contemporary civilisation. It has been societal transformation in the search for a new collective identity. Thorough interaction with traditional/Islamist view of modernization emerged two alternative visions of body politic. The first is the vision of the ‘authentic nation’, anticipated by the AKP. The second is the ‘reflexive nation’, which found its embodiment during the Gezi Protests. The resemblance between the visionary and alternative authentic version occurs in their adaptation of authoritarian politics fitted into the simple modernity. The reflexive interpretation challenges both by denouncing their authoritarian approaches as well as demanding more of individualism, freedom and participation.

Keywords

Turkey Modernization Authoritarianism Authentic nation Reflexive nation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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