Becoming Turkish : nationalist reforms and cultural negotiations in early republican Turkey, 1923-1945 /

In this ... book, [the author] uses hitherto unavailable archival material and oral history accounts to analyze aspects of everyday culture in interwar Turkey that scholars know about but have not looked at closely. Her wide-ranging examination of the social impact of Kemalist reforms shows that whi...

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Author / Creator: Yılmaz, Hale.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Language notes:English.
Edition:First edition.
Imprint: Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2013
Series:Modern intellectual and political history of the Middle East.
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Summary:In this ... book, [the author] uses hitherto unavailable archival material and oral history accounts to analyze aspects of everyday culture in interwar Turkey that scholars know about but have not looked at closely. Her wide-ranging examination of the social impact of Kemalist reforms shows that while people's responses ranged from enthusiastic approbation to intense hostility, most Turks found ways to adapt to state policies that aimed at transforming society. -- Houchang Chehabi, Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University
Becoming Turkish deepens our understanding of the modernist nation-building processes in post--Ottoman Turkey through a rare perspective that stresses social and cultural dimensions and everyday negotiations of the Kemalist reforms. Yilmaz asks how the reforms were mediated on the ground and how ordinary citizens received, reacted to, and experienced them. She traces the experiences of the subaltern as well as the experiences of the elites and the mediators in the overall narrative--highlighting the relevance of class, gender, location, and urban and rural differences while also revealing the importance of nonideological, social, and psychological factors such as childhood and generations.
Item Description:Print version record.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xv, 328 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-317) and index.
ISBN:0815652224
9780815652229
Author Notes:Hale Yilmaz is Assistant Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. One of her articles has appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and she has written a chapter for the edited volume, Women's Memory: The Problem of Sources from the Ottoman Period to Our Times.