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The Kurds in the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Process: Double-Bind or Double Blind?

Ayata, Bilgin. (2015) The Kurds in the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Process: Double-Bind or Double Blind? International journal of Middle East studies, 47 (4). pp. 807-812.

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Abstract

A century after the Armenian Genocide and its ongoing denial by the Turkish state, there has emerged a notable and unprecedented interest in the Armenian past and present both in civil society discourse and scholarship in Turkey, accompanied by various reconciliation iniatives at the state and society levels. Observers have suggested that this increased engagement with Turkey's suppressed past is an outcome of its EU candidacy, the democratization reforms of the early 2000s, and the shockwave among liberal segments of Turkish society caused by the 2007 assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. I argue that this shortsighted analysis, which completely ignores the Kurdish movement's transformative challenge to Turkish denialism since the 1980s, echoes the key fallacy of present discussions of Turkey's engagement with its past: compartmentalization and disjunction of interlinked state crimes.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Politische Soziologie (Ayata)
UniBasel Contributors:Ayata, Bilgin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:International Journal of Middle East Studies
ISSN:0020-7438
e-ISSN:1471-6380
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:30 Jan 2018 14:19
Deposited On:30 Jan 2018 14:19

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