Kurdish Movement’s Democratic Autonomy Proposals in Turkey
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From the early 2000s onwards, Turkey’s Kurdish movement has been conceptualising the accommodation of Kurdish political demands for autonomy and self-rule in Turkey around the ‘democratic autonomy’ proposal. This proposal is based on a critique and rejection of the nation-state model and seeks to accommodate the rights of Kurds and other ethnic and religious minorities without challenging Turkey’s territorial integrity. It involves creation of decentralised local self-governance structures that are designed to involve citizens in the decision-making process and empower communities to engage in solving the immediate problems that they face. This chapter examines the key texts through which democratic autonomy proposal has been articulated to unpack what it entails and the specific demands for minority groups it puts forward.
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