Myth and Rhetoric of the Turkish Model

Exploring Developmental Alternatives

  • Anita Sengupta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-165

About this book


The volume discusses what the Turkish Model, or Turkish Development Alternative, was and why it was promoted in the Central Asian republics immediately following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It argues that the Turkish Model was a myth that transferred the ideal of a ''secular, democratic, liberal society'' as a model for the post Soviet Turkic world and in the process encouraged a ''Turkic" rhetoric that emphasized connection between the two regions based on a common ancestry. The volume begins with an understanding of the reality of the Model from a Turkish perspective and then goes on to examine whether the Turkic world as a "cultural-civilizational alternative" makes sense both from a historical as well as contemporary perspective. It concludes by looking at the re-emergence of the Model in the wake of the events in West Asia in early 2011 and examines how in the light of a search for options the Turkish Model is once again projected as viable.



Common Turkic Market Domestic discourse on Turkish identity Modernity in Turkey Myth of the Turkish model New Islamism in Turkey Pan-Turkism as an ideology Turkey and the Middle East Turkey's status in European Union Turkish Development Alternative

Authors and affiliations

  • Anita Sengupta
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  1. 1.Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian StudiesKolkataIndia

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