Akcalı Yılmaz, Öznur
This thesis discusses the Turkish national identity building process in the early Republican period and just before, through the others of Turkish national identity. While doing this, three basic others of Turkish national identity were selected, namely the Western other, the Ottoman other, and the “non-Turkified others”, which is the concept developed in this thesis. The narratives about the selected others were analyzed on the novels written by Halide Edip Adıvar, Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, Reşat Nuri Güntekin and Peyami Safa, who were popular writers of the early Republican period, until 1950. First of all, it has been evaluated that literature can be a productive field of study in terms of international relations due to the many social and political narratives it contains. In addition, the concept of the other was considered as one of the constitutive elements of identity. In this thesis, which is based on a comprehensive text analysis and discourse analysis, it was emphasized that there were changes, contradictions and variations in the narrative of both Turkish national identity and others in the novels, even in the early Republican period. It is considered that instead of a homogeneous narration of the national identity construction the contradictions, diversity and changes in the narration of Turkish national identity and its others can provide a different understanding.


Turkish nationalism and the Kurdish question
Yegen, Mesut (2007-01-01)
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Turkey’s relations with Italy (1932-39): realities and perceptions
Doğar, Mehmet; Boyar, Ebru; Department of International Relations (2020)
This thesis examines Turkey’s relations with Italy between 1932 and 1939 through key historical events and analyses the role of Italy in Turkish foreign policy making. In so doing, it underlines the complex and multifaceted nature of the relations between the two countries and challenges the widely-held axiom in the secondary literature that the relations evolved from friendship to enmity in a unilinear way. This thesis argues that what defined the relations between these two Mediterranean countries in the ...
The 'Kurdish question' in Turkey From the Perspectives of Kurdish University students
Effeney, Elizabeth; Erdemir, Aykan; Department of Middle East Studies (2009)
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Kaytan, Özge; ZIRH, BESİM CAN; Department of Sociology (2021-10)
This thesis analyzes negotiated identity strategies of the Turks of Bulgaria in the two different national settings. The existence of the Turks of Bulgaria has been a problem since Bulgaria won independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1878. Although discriminatory attitudes towards Turks continued throughout the history, the state policy of the assimilation of the Turkish minority peaked in 1980s. The assimilation policy resulted in the migration of Turks in 1989 with high numbers, which was described as a m...
Reconstruction of Turkishness among the Turkish immigrants in Rochester
Orhaner, Berkay; Yıldırım, Erdoğan; Department of Sociology (2013)
This thesis examines the history of Turks migrated from Turkey to Rochester and their changing constructions of identities. In the early 1960’s, there was only a small group of Turkish immigrants in Rochester, who were well educated professionals. After 1967, Turkish tailors and their families, who were seeking better employment in Western countries started to migrate to Rochester. Different than the common aspect of homeland based Turkish labor migration to West, Turkish tailors in Rochester came from diff...
Citation Formats
Ö. Akcalı Yılmaz, “TURKISH NATIONAL IDENTITY AND ITS OTHERS: AN ANALYSIS OF THE EARLY REPUBLICAN NOVELS,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.