The reflections of identity in Cyprus: Claims and perspectives on Eastern Mediterranean hydrocarbons

İşlek, Serpil
The aim of this thesis is to analyse the in-between perceptions of identity in Cyprus and the relation to the arguments over natural gas and hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, this thesis looks at the impacts of the natural gas activities and arguments on escalating nationalism and on the Cyprus Problem. The debates and perspectives on nationalism, identity, the dispute of sovereignty and ownership constitute the main factors for the Cyprus Problem and for the relations between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities on the basis of political power matters. Therefore, this study sheds light on the politics of identity and national narratives/imaginings within ‘Cypriot society’ which rises from the simultaneous existence of similarities and differences between two communities, and the ethnic and territorial discussions on the identification of national identity by focusing on the changing relations and characters of nationalisms in the island – that is the discourse of motherland nationalisms (ethnic nationalism) and of Cypriotism (civic nationalism). Moreover, what kind of impacts external and internal conditions and relations have had on identity formation, and on the perspectives and perceptions of both Cypriot communities, the sense of belongingness and ownership are studied. Considering all these arguments, this thesis focuses upon the reflections of politics of identity over the claims of natural resources since the intertwined relation of identity, nationalism, the Cyprus Problem and geopolitical relations has revealed itself in the arguments and perspectives about natural gas and hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.


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Citation Formats
S. İşlek, “The reflections of identity in Cyprus: Claims and perspectives on Eastern Mediterranean hydrocarbons,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.