Socio-political identity and intergroup perception : the case of "Ülkücü group" in Turkey

Dalmış, İbrahim
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İ. Dalmış, “Socio-political identity and intergroup perception : the case of “Ülkücü group” in Turkey ,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2003.