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"Prospective-Turks" or "Pseudo-Citizens:" Kurds in Turkey

2009-09-01
Yegen, Mesut
This article explores the public images and citizenship status of Turkish-citizen Kurds in Turkey Kurds in Turkey mostly have been seen as prospective-Turks and accordingly have been subject to the assimilationist practices of citizenship throughout the Republican period. However; recent signs suggest that this image and status of the Kurds are not as secure as they once were. Kurds are now perceived by many as pseudo-citizens. A historical reading of citizenship practices it? Turkey indicates that this change in the Kurds' image may be accompanied by a change in their citizenship status and that they may now be subject to the discriminatory practices of Citizenship. The article concludes with an argument as to why such a fundamental change has taken place in the images and status of Kurds in Turkey.