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State Building and the Limits of Legibility: Kinship Networks and Kurdish Resistance in Turkey

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State Building and the Limits of Legibility: Kinship Networks and Kurdish Resistance in Turkey

Belge, Ceren (2011) State Building and the Limits of Legibility: Kinship Networks and Kurdish Resistance in Turkey. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 43 (1). pp. 95-114.

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Abstract

Following the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the twin goals of centralizing state power and inscribing a uniform national identity on all citizens resulted in the proliferation of disciplinary practices that required changes in habits and everyday life as well as in the locus of faith, allegiance, and obedience. Nowhere were the repercussions felt as deeply as in the Kurdish regions, where the urge to create a new citizen sparked considerable resistance. This article suggests that alongside Kurdish nationalist movements, kinship networks and morality constituted an alternative reservoir of resistance to the new disciplinary practices that followed state building. By subverting state practices to make citizens legible, kinship networks, I argue, undermined the state’s attempts to establish bureaucratic authority and create an exclusive identity.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Belge, Ceren
Journal or Publication:International Journal of Middle East Studies
Date:February 2011
Keywords:Kurdish politics, Turkey, kinship, resistance, state building
ID Code:974084
Deposited By:CEREN BELGE
Deposited On:29 May 2012 10:40
Last Modified:30 May 2012 01:38
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