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Explaining the Rise of the Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: Hegemony, Myth and Violence | Cengiz Gunes


Dr. Gunes, author of the new book The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: From Protest to Resistance (London: Routlege, 2012) focuses on the nationalist mobilisation of the Kurds in Turkey over the past 30 years. Drawing on the concepts of ‘hegemony’ and ‘myth’, he examines the constitution of Kurdish political subjectivity and the representation of Kurdish identity and difference in political discourse. He reflects on the ideological and political debates over strategy and the contestation over identity that led from 1980s onwards to the hegemony of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) over Kurdish politics. Dr. Gunes highlights the factors enhancing its appeal amongst the Kurdish communities, tracing the growth of the PKK’s organisational network, and analysing the political and artistic representation of its struggle to its target groups.




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