When Eurosceptics become Europhiles: far-right opposition to Turkish involvement in the European Union

  title={When Eurosceptics become Europhiles: far-right opposition to Turkish involvement in the European Union},
  author={Katy Gray Brown},
  pages={633 - 654}
  • K. Brown
  • Published 20 May 2019
  • Sociology
  • Identities
ABSTRACT Turkey’s involvement in the European Union has long provoked controversy among Europe’s elites. Recently, in the context of the so-called ‘migrant crisis’, coupled with the mainstreaming of Islamophobia and rising Euroscepticism, the issue of Turkey has acquired renewed significance. While many scholars have linked hostility towards Turkey with the desired construction of a supra-national European identity, few have noted the role it plays in the discourse of parties that explicitly… 
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