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One Nation, One Discourse: A Study of Nationalization and National Identity Formation in Two Syriac Ethno-religious Communities in Turkey
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the nationalist approach, which has been effective bothin state policies and public discourses in Turkey with the purpose ofunderstanding the effects of nationalization process of Turkish Republicand national identity formation in Turkey on Syriac individuals fromdifferent generations in the Tur Abdin area and the Syriac communitymembers in Istanbul, Turkey.This project is based on a historical research and two months of fieldworkin the area of Tur Abdin and in Istanbul, Turkey among Syriac communitymembers showing that nationalistic discourse appears as the basic motivefor suppressive, exclusive and discriminative political implementations andpolicies while creating legitimacy for them. The project further argues thatthe leading doctrine that shapes the ruling elites’ actions in this era appearsas ‘a unified scheme of formation that is based on one nation, one languageas Turkish and one religion as Islam’ that results in elimination andoppression of Syriac people. While the ruling elites have been trying toimpose national homogeneity on people and infuse identification with theTurkish nation through the ideology of nationalism, the process resulted inSyriac people’s disconnection from their language, history and memories intime. It also shows that the Turkish Republic’s nationalization process iscomposed of different time periods and political administrations showingcomplementary characteristics and a sense of continuity regarding theirideological framework, as well as their political and economicalimplementations. The policies on the nationalization process in the earlyyears of the Republic carry traces of the preceding understandings, as wellas policies, whereas they are also followed by the subsequentadministrations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 174 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 38
Keyword [en]
nationalism, national identity, ‘Turkification’, oppression, militarism, memory, symbols, Syriacs in Turkey
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210009DiVA: diva2:660398
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-10-29 Last updated: 2013-11-26Bibliographically approved

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