The alevis in post-1980 Turkey : a critical discourse analysis of official texts

Uyanık, Zeki
This thesis analyzes official discursive practices towards the Alevis in post-1980 Turkey. As it is impossible to cover discourses of all state institutions, this study specifically focused on official discursive practices of three official institutions (namely, the Directorate of Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the Presidency of Turkish Republic). Using the method of critical discourse analysis, I examined official texts including school textbooks of compulsory religious courses, legal dictums, official press releases and the presidential speeches held during the Hacıbektaş Festival. As a result of my analysis, I reached the following general conclusions: Since the official discursive practices were produced by via different state apparatuses, it is hard to identify a homogeneous and stable official discourse. In that sense, I propose the existence of “official discourses” towards the Alevis, instead of one, never-changing and undifferentiated “official discourse.” Because of global (intervention of the European Union) and local factors (political, ethnic and sectarian cleavages of Turkey), it is possible to observe discursive diversities and changes in official texts concerning the Alevis.


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Citation Formats
Z. Uyanık, “The alevis in post-1980 Turkey : a critical discourse analysis of official texts,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2009.