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Non Muslim minorities and Turkish national identity : a research through Armenian and Greek literary works

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2004
Durak, Nuran Savaşkan
The purpose of this study is to concentrate on the changing discourses in Turkish history and their constitutive themes in positioning the selfاimage of the minorities, i.e., Armenians and Greeks, the Turks being أotherؤ. The research is carried out on the basis of the literary works produced by the intellectuals / authors of these minorities. The historical context, which is taken as the reference point for these discourses, covers the period from the late Ottoman Period up to the early 1960s. Furthermore, the study explores how the ethnic minorities constructed their identities in the last century. This study also seeks to find out which discourses have been the leading ones through history and to determine the continuities and ruptures in the use of themes by these ethnic groups to construct their identities. In addition, policies and ideologies attributed to the state by the minorities are tackled with the literary works and main discursive elements used by minority groups to (de)construct Turkish national identity are explored.