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Gülay Türkmen-Dervişoğlu


‘Optimism of the Intellect’? How to Stay Hopeful in the Wake of Turkey’s Referendum Results


Following the constitutional referendum in Turkey, which resulted in a narrow victory for the “Yes” camp (with fifty-one percent of the voters approving the constitutional changes that grant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unprecedented powers), pundits rushed to portray a grim picture, mourning “the death of Turkish democracy.” In an op-ed for Foreign Policy, titled “RIP Turkey, 1921-2017,” Steven Cook claimed that with this victory, Erdoğan not only “permanently closed a ...

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Gülay Türkmen-Dervişoğlu


Gülay Türkmen-Dervişoğlu is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Goettingen’s Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies. She received her PhD in sociology from Yale University in 2016. Her work has appeared in Nations and Nationalism and the Annual Review of Sociology, as well as on openDemocracy, The European, Policy Trajectories, and the LSE Review of Books.