Minor politics and its promises the case of Turkey

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2018
Kara, Onur
The thesis aims to identify and theorize the “minor politics” as a new field of politics. It is different from dominant understanding and practice of politics. The main features and characteristics of minor politics are discussed with reference to the thoughts of Spinoza, Nietzsche and Deleuze and Guattari. Therefore, the attempt, of this study, is to distinguish minor politics by developing a conceptual framework. On this basis, it includes a field research on a sample from Turkey. In the context of this field research, certain alternative formations and activisms appearing in daily life experiences are considered and evaluated from minor political viewpoint. Accordingly, they are assessed to what degree they are non-representative, horizontal, decentralized, not producing relations of subjugation, immanent, based on multitude and prefigurative. According to the conceptual framework and the findings of the field research, the thesis attests the existence of minor politics as a new field of politics and discusses its limitations and shortcomings. Moreover, its promises for friendly human togetherness are reflected.
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O. Kara, “Minor politics and its promises the case of Turkey,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2018.