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Alper Yalçınkaya


In Turkey, Some Labels Keep on Giving

[Detail from the cover of Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar's 1889 novel

A recent speech gave Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a new opportunity to define and condemn his critics. Calling the students of Middle East Technical University who protested the construction of a highway near the campus “leftists,” “atheists,” and “terrorists,” he repeated his determination to crush those allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. One may remember at this point how the same prime minister had stated several months ago that his government ...

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Alper Yalçınkaya


Alper Yalçınkaya is Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at Ohio Wesleyan University. His research interests cover sociology of knowledge, sociology of religion, and cultural sociology. His book on late Ottoman debates on science will be published by the University of Chicago Press later this year.