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Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey : Publications on the Near East - Sibel Bozdogan

Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey

Publications on the Near East

By: Sibel Bozdogan (Editor), Resat Kasaba (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780295975979
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 22+ years old

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In the first two decades after World War II, social scientists heralded Turkey as an exemplar of a "modernizing" nation in the Western mold. Images of unveiled women working next to clean-shaven men, healthy children in school uniforms, and downtown Ankara's modern architecture all proclaimed the country's success. Although Turkey's modernization began in the late Ottoman era, the establishment of the secular nation-state by Kemal Atat)rk in 1923 marked the crystallization of an explicit, elite-driven "project of modernity" that took its inspiration exclusively from the West.

The essays in this book are the first attempt to examine the Turkish experiment with modernity from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, encompassing the fields of history, the social sciences, the humanities, architecture, and urban planning. As they examine both the Turkish project of modernity and its critics, the contributors offer a fresh, balanced understanding of dilemmas now facing not only Turkey but also many other parts of the Middle East and the world at large.

Kemalist Certainties and Modern Ambiguities
Whither the Project of Modernity? Turkey in the 1990s
Modernization Policies and Islamist Politics in Turkey
Projects as Methodology: Some Thoughts on Modern Turkish Social Science
The Quest for the Islamic Self within the Context of Modernity
The Project of Modernity and Women in Turkey
Gendering the Modern: On Missing Dimensions in the Study of Turkish Modernity
The Predicament of Modernism in Turkish Architectural Culture: An Overview
Once There Was, Once There wasn't: National Monuments and Interpersonal Exchange
Silent Interruptions: Urban Encounters with Rural Turkey
Arabesk Culture: A Case of Modernization and Popular Identity
The Turkish Option in Comparative Perspective
Modernizing Projects in Middle Eastern Perspective
Finding the Meeting Ground of Fact and Fiction: Some Reflections on Turkish Modernization
List of Contributors
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ISBN: 9780295975979
ISBN-10: 0295975970
Series: Publications on the Near East
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.16  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.37