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Contending Sacrifices: Discontent of Military Veterans of the Kurdish Conflict for Civilian Veterans of 15 July

  • Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu
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Abstract

This chapter explores the re-articulation of Turkish militarism in the aftermath of the 15 July 2016 coup attempt by focusing on the experiences of the disabled veterans of the Kurdish conflict—subjects of the pre-15 July militarism. Drawing on ethnographic observations and semi-structured in-depth interviews with the disabled veterans of the Kurdish conflict, this chapter aims to demonstrate a contention along the lines of merit, sacrifice, and entitlement to representation between the two veteran groups—ex-soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces who participated in the armed conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the “civilian veterans” who were harmed in some way during the coup attempt. This chapter concentrates on two moments—the 2016 Veterans’ Day commemoration and the first anniversary of the 15 July coup attempt—to demonstrate the shift in the disabled veterans’ boundary-drawing efforts with particular reference to rightfulness, combat experience, masculinity, and morality.

Keywords

Disabled veterans of the Kurdish conflict 15 July veterans Male privilege Combat experience Re-articulation of civilian militarisation 

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  • Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu
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  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK

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