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War and peace in the age of corona: an analysis of support for repressive state policies in divided societies

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Gürses, Mehmet and Balta, Evren and Çelik, Ayşe Betül (2021) War and peace in the age of corona: an analysis of support for repressive state policies in divided societies. Turkish Studies . ISSN 1468-3849 (Print) 1743-9663 (Online) Published Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14683849.2021.1948331

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14683849.2021.1948331

Abstract

Unlike various natural disasters that some studies have highlighted as potential contributors to peace, the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic is neither short-term nor regionally confined. Thus, rather than invoking a compassionate response, the pandemic is likely to aggravate pre-existing divisions and create an environment that accentuates survival over compassion. Building on a large probability survey data gathered in May 2020 in Turkey, we demonstrate that the pandemic has disproportionally affected minority Kurds and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities and social polarization. Results from a series of regression analyses show growing dissatisfaction with the Turkish government's handling of the pandemic. However, this effect fails to translate into the sense of solidarity between majority Turks and minority Kurds necessary to build a peaceful society. Support for the government's approach to the Kurdish opposition seems to be conditioned by social categorization and increasingly partisan political identities in Turkey.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Minority-majority relations, COVID-19 pandemic, polarization, ethnic conflict, Turkey
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
ID Code:41718
Deposited By:Ayşe Betül Çelik
Deposited On:22 Aug 2021 16:12
Last Modified:22 Aug 2021 16:12

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