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Bülent Küçük

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Between Two Rationalities: The Possibility of an Alternative Politics in Turkey

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How can the results of the recent municipal elections in Turkey be understood amidst the constantly changing political landscape: graft scandals, revolting judicial decisions, changing political alliances, and an ever-increasing polarization? It can be argued that only preliminary lessons can be drawn when analyzing an ongoing historical process for historical and structural clues. This is a state that cannot overcome a widening social opposition, which views elections as ...

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Iki rasyonalite arasinda alternatif siyasetin imkani

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İki rasyonalite arasında alternatif siyasetin imkanı Mütemadiyen değişen siyasi gündem, yolsuzluk skandalları, pes dedirten yargı kararları, değişen siyasi ittifaklar, gittikçe kutuplaşan paralel toplumsal hayat(lar) bağlamı içinde yerel seçimlerin siyasi ve toplumsal sonuçları nasıl değerlendirilebilir? Süreç kapanmadığı için içinde konumlandığımız tarihsel konjonktürü hakkıyla analiz etmek ve bundan tarihsel ve yapısal kimi dersler çıkarmak ne kadar mümkün, tartışılır. ...

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Ismail Besikci and the Reality of Kurdistan

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Boğaziçi University’s decision to honor sociologist İsmail Beşikçi with an honorary doctorate is doubtless a very important symbolic gesture. Beşikçi is a scholar who has devoted his life to researching the Kurdish question, for which he has paid a very heavy price, and a testament to academic freedom of expression. Boğaziçi University’s gesture shows that in Turkey, in spite of everything, the “University” can still exist as an autonomous, liberal institution. It also ...

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Besikci ve Kurdistan’in gercekligi

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Beşikçi ve Kürdistan’ın gerçekliği Ömrünü Kürt sorununu araştırmaya adamış, bunun için çok ağır bedeller ödemiş, akademik ifade özgürlüğünün abidesi sosyolog İsmail Beşikçi’yi Boğaziçi Üniversitesi'nin Fahri Doktora unvanı ile onurlandırması çok önemli sembolik bir tavırdı kuşkusuz. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi'nin bu tavrı hem Türkiye’de her şeye rağmen “Üniversite”'nim özerk ve özgürlükçü bir kurum olarak hala var olabileceğini gösterdi, hem de Türkiye akademisinin utanç ...

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What Is a Democratization Package Good For?

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Since at least the summer of 2009, we have been faced with a periodically interrupted negotiation process between the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) government and the Kurdish Liberation Movement, to find a political and constitutional solution to end the thirty-year-old war. Most recently, in January 2013, the AKP administration has publicly declared a new solution phase initiated through direct talks led by the MIT (Turkey’s National Intelligence Service) with Abdullah ...

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Bülent Küçük

 

Bülent Küçük is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boğaziçi University. He received his PhD from Humboldt University-Berlin. His primary research interests include theories of democracy and the public sphere, as well as studies of racism and multicultural citizenship. He is currently working on different modalities of  anti-Semitism in Turkey.