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Demarcating political frontiers in Turkey: "Europe-as-hegemony" and discourses after 1999

Alpan, Basak (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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In this study, departing from a more general concern with understanding how political frontiers are demarcated in Turkish politics, I aim to show how ‘Europe’ contributed to such a process of constructing political frontiers during the 1999-2008 period. Rather than looking at the debates on ‘Europe’ within the Turkish political landscape through a pro- vs. anti- Europe bifurcation, I attempt to see the discourses through the lens of ‘hegemony’. By using the Laclau- Mouffean discourse analysis, starting from 1999, I argue that discourses on ‘Europe’ were able to hegemonise Turkish political debates and thereby demarcate the political frontiers that constituted that debate which started to change when discourses began to be substituted by different antagonisms, political frontiers and therefore modes of sustaining hegemony.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Diez, Thomas and Hay, Colin (1968-)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Department of Political Science and International Studies
Subjects:JN Political institutions (Europe)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1099
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