Kurdish Studies

ISSN: 2051-4883 | e-ISSN: 2051-4891
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Categories of Otherness in the Discursive Construction of National Identity During an Internal Conflict: Turks and Politically Organized Kurds in the Print Media

Ahmet Cevdet Aşkın
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This article examines how Turkish national identity and otherness have been constructed in mainstream print media in Turkey during the ongoing ethnic conflict. The study applies critical discourse analysis to a sample of 449 news articles published in three leading mainstream dailies, Hürriyet, Milliyet, and Sabah, during a month of intensifying conflict between Turkish security forces and PKK militants in 2015. I identify five forms of discourse used to discursively construct national identity and otherness: military-legal, national-symbolic, cultural-ethical, dramatic-emotional, and ethnic. Together, these discourses construct a Turkish national identity while reinforcing the ‘other’ as illegitimate, non-national, unethical, inhumane, and non-Turk.

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