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Politics of Transnational Space

  • Ayhan KayaEmail author
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Part of the Identities and Modernities in Europe book series (IME)

Abstract

This chapter investigates the environmental ecosophy generated by Turkish-origin migrants and their descendants, who have a relatively strong intellectual, social, economic, cultural and political impact on their homelands and countries of settlement. The environmental ecosophy generated by the various individual agencies corresponds to what is called transnational space. Beginning with a very sensitive topic, which the author calls Turkish Vergangenheitsbewältigung, the role of transnational actors is discussed in respect of their contribution to the process of Turkey’s coming to terms with its past. This chapter claims that Turkish-origin intellectuals, politicians, artists, literary figures and scholars have been very influential in transmitting and translating the German Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past) to Turkey so that Turks could begin to unpack and start dealing with their taboos such as the Armenian question, Kurdish Question and Alevi Question. Euro-Turks are not only influential on their homelands, but also on their countries of settlement.

Keywords

Vergangenheitsbewältigung Politics of transnationalism Return Brain waste 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International RelationsIstanbul Bilgi UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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