“Citizen, Speak Turkish!”: A Nation in the Making

@article{Aslan2007CitizenST,
  title={“Citizen, Speak Turkish!”: A Nation in the Making},
  author={Senem Aslan},
  journal={Nationalism and Ethnic Politics},
  year={2007},
  volume={13},
  pages={245 - 272}
}
  • Senem Aslan
  • Published 17 May 2007
  • Sociology
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
This article analyzes one of the attempts to broaden the use of the Turkish language during the first two decades of the Turkish Republic in order to create a homogeneous nation-state. The “Citizen, Speak Turkish!” campaign, which aimed to put pressure on non-Turkish speakers to speak Turkish in public, shows that a state-centered analysis is inadequate to explain the nation-building process in Turkey. This article demonstrates how the official Turkification policies were supported, recreated… Expand
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