The ambiguities of democratic autonomy: the Kurdish movement in Turkey and Rojava

  title={The ambiguities of democratic autonomy: the Kurdish movement in Turkey and Rojava},
  author={Michiel Leezenberg},
  journal={Southeast European and Black Sea Studies},
  pages={671 - 690}
  • M. Leezenberg
  • Published 1 October 2016
  • Political Science
  • Southeast European and Black Sea Studies
Abstract This paper traces the ideology of democratic autonomy, as developed by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan from the libertarian and anarchist writings of Murray Bookchin, as an alternative to the authoritarian and centralist nation state, not only in the Kurdish-inhabited provinces, but in Turkey at large. It explores, first, the ideological underpinnings and second, the practical implementation of democratic autonomy both in south-eastern Turkey and in north-eastern Syria, or Rojava… 

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