Authoritarianism and Resistance in Turkey

Conversations on Democratic and Social Challenges

  • Esra Özyürek
  • Gaye Özpınar
  • Emrah Altındiş

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Esra Özyürek
    Pages 1-8
  3. An Overview of History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Baskın Oran, interviewed by Karabekir Akkoyunlu
      Pages 11-18
    3. Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, interviewed by E. Delikanlı
      Pages 19-32
    4. Sungur Savran, interviewed by Erol Ülker
      Pages 33-41
  4. Politics and Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. E. Ahmet Tonak, interviewed by Ümit Akçay
      Pages 45-50
    3. Aslı Iğsız, interviewed by Elif Sarı
      Pages 51-61
    4. Mücella Yapıcı, interviewed by Esin İleri
      Pages 63-71
  5. Political Islam and the AKP

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Yüksel Taşkın, interviewed by Burak Cop
      Pages 75-80
    3. Ahmet Şık, interviewed by Deniz Çakırer
      Pages 81-92
    4. Hayri Kırbaşoğlu, interviewed by Gülay Türkmen
      Pages 93-104
  6. Social Movements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Y. Doğan Çetinkaya, interviewed by Bilge Seçkin Çetinkaya
      Pages 107-115
    3. Aksu Bora, interviewed by Nil Uzun
      Pages 117-123
    4. Evren Savc, interviewed by Şebnem Keniş, İpek Tabur
      Pages 125-132
    5. Aziz Çelik, interviewed by Emrah Altındiş
      Pages 133-145
    6. Bülent Şık, interviewed by Cana Ulutaş
      Pages 147-151
  7. Minorities and Conflicts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Nazan Üstundağ, interviewed by Güney Yıldız
      Pages 155-168
    3. Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, interviewed by Seda Altuğ
      Pages 169-176
    4. Besim Can Zırh, interviewed by Murat Es
      Pages 177-188
  8. Human Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. İbrahim Kaboğlu, interviewed by Gaye Özpınar
      Pages 191-201
    3. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, interviewed by Aylin Tekiner
      Pages 203-213
    4. Fikret İlkiz, interviewed by Defne Över
      Pages 215-227
    5. Tanıl Bora, interviewed by Deniz Yonucu
      Pages 229-235
  9. Culture and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Pınar Selek, interviewed by Meral Akbaş
      Pages 239-248
    3. Cem Kaptanoğlu, interviewed by Bilal Ersoy
      Pages 249-258
    4. Jale Parla, interviewed by Mehmet Fatih Uslu, Özge Ertem
      Pages 259-267
    5. Ahsen Deniz Morva Kablamacı, interviewed by Kıvanç Sezer
      Pages 269-277
    6. Hale Tenger interviewed, by Isin Önol
      Pages 279-290
  10. Tanıl Bora, interviewed by Deniz Yonucu
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book offers an in-depth overview of Turkish history and politics essential for understanding contemporary Turkey. It presents an analysis on a number of key issues from gender inequality to Islamism to urban regeneration. Based on interviews with leading intellectuals and academics from Turkey, the book’s theme follows the dramatic transformations that have occurred from the 1980 military coup to the coup attempt of 2016 and its aftermath. It further draws attention to the global flows of capital, goods, ideas, and technologies that continue to influence both mainstream and dissident politics. By doing so, the book tries to unsettle the assumption that Erdoğan and his Islamic ideology are the sole actors in contemporary Turkey. This book provides unusual insight into the Turkish society bringing various topics together, and increases the dialogue for people interested in democratic struggles in 21st century under neoliberal authoritarian regimes in general.


Politics and Economics in Turkey Kemalism and the CHP 1980 Coup D'etat in Turkey History of Social Movements Neoliberalism in Turkey Urban Regeneration in Turkey Political Islam and the AKP The Gülen Community AKP Government LGBT Movement in Turkey Emancipation in Turkey Working Class Struggles in Turkey Human Rights in Turkey Minorities and Conflict in Turkey Freedom of Speech Mental Health in Contemporary Turkey

Editors and affiliations

  • Esra Özyürek
    • 1
  • Gaye Özpınar
    • 2
  • Emrah Altındiş
    • 3
  1. 1.European InstituteLondon School of EconomicsLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Law OfficeBostonUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard UniversityHarvardUSA

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