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

  title={“Citizen, Speak Turkish!”: A Nation in the Making},
  author={S. Aslan},
  journal={Nationalism and Ethnic Politics},
  pages={245 - 272}
  • S. Aslan
  • Published 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… CONTINUE READING
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