Racist Aspects of Modern Turkish Nationalism

  title={Racist Aspects of Modern Turkish Nationalism},
  author={Ilia Xypolia},
  journal={Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={111 - 124}
  • Ilia Xypolia
  • Published 18 February 2016
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
Abstract This paper aims to challenge simplifications on race and racism in contemporary Turkish society. In doing so, it draws a macro-historical context wherein the racist component of the Turkish national identity had been shaped. The paper traces the emergence of the core racist elements at the beginning of the 20th century within the ideology propagated by the organization of the Turkish Hearths (Türk Ocakları). The Turkish History Thesis with its emphasis on ‘race’ attempted to promote… 

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