Discourse on human rights : representation of the idea in Turkish human right

Duduhacıoğlu, Başak
The main concern of this thesis is to analyze the transformation of domestic human rights discourse by looking at the shifting representations of the idea of human rights. The representation of the idea of human rights in ‘Turkey Human Rights Movement Conferences’ in different political contexts during the period 1998-2010 is evaluated with reference to three areas of literature on the idea of human rights and with a social constructionist perspective which begins with the proposition that ideas and practices concerning human rights are created by people in particular historical, social, and economic circumstances. The different conceptualizations of legitimation of the idea of human rights, the shifting representations of the idea of human rights as civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights and the varying constructions of domestic human rights language amongst local and universal claims in respect of human rights within different political contexts is explored. In this framework, the research design of the study is envisioned to evaluate these issues in the context of ‘Turkey Human Rights Movement Conference’ texts. The final reports of eleven conferences held in the period 1998-2010 are analyzed by the method of ‘qualitative content analyses’.


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B. Duduhacıoğlu, “Discourse on human rights : representation of the idea in Turkish human right ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.