The Politics of Language and Building the Nation

  • Yeşim Bayar


Language unites as well as divides individuals and collectivities. It is through language that individual and collective memories are narrated, stored, interpreted and reinterpreted. Thus, a common language makes it easier to think of ourselves as belonging to one big “imagined community” (Anderson 1992). In the hands of the political elite, language also becomes a tool for articulating power and a vehicle for establishing boundaries between different groups, attaching a particular level of prestige and status to each.


Language Policy Jewish Community Political Elite National Unity Language Issue 
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