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The construction of national culture and identity in a province: the case of the people's house of Kayseri.

Balkar, Fulya
This thesis focuses on the Kayseri House experience in early republican period and aims to explore how the narratives of national culture and identity were constructed in a so-called conservative province in the context of the Kayseri House. Through analyzing the Kemalist cultural policies of the 1930s and 1940s, the study attempts to reveal the interpretations, voices and nationalistic discourses of the House members on these policies and their acts of implementing these policies. In order to uncover the nationalist language used by the House members, the thesis will focus on the official texts of the Kayseri House and relating to the Kayseri province of the period. In this sense, the importance of the thesis depends on these languages and discourses for finding out multiple forms of individual experiences and practices in the case of Kayseri House.