Patterns of 'othering' in Turkey: a study of ethnic, ideological, and sectarian polarisation

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Çelik, Ayşe Betül and Bilali, Rezarta and Iqbal, Yeshim (2017) Patterns of 'othering' in Turkey: a study of ethnic, ideological, and sectarian polarisation. South European Society and Politics, 22 (2). pp. 217-238. ISSN 1360-8746 (Print) 1743-9612 (Online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13608746.2016.1250382


This study explores who Turkish citizens view as the Other, their perceptions, evaluations, and the degree of Othering of these groups in the private and public spheres. Drawing from varied political science and social psychology literature, it also examines the role of social contact, perceived threat, and the strength of national and religious identification in predicting levels of Othering. Using a national representative sample, the findings reveal that Kurds are the most Othered group in the private sphere, while both Kurds and AKP (Adalet ve Kalknma Partisi - Justice and Development Party) supporters are the most Othered groups in the public sphere. Regardless of who the Other is, lower social contact and higher levels of perceived threat are associated with higher levels of Othering of Kurds, Alevis, AKP supporters, and AKP opponents in both the private and public spheres.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Othering; Turkey; polarisation; ethnicity; sectarianism; ideological divide
ID Code:32692
Deposited By:Ayşe Betül Çelik
Deposited On:10 Sep 2017 15:20
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