Peeping into the State: How the Failed Coup in Turkey Broke the State’s Spell and What This Means for Us, the Mortals?
- Peeping into the State: How the Failed Coup in Turkey Broke the State’s Spell and What This Means for Us, the Mortals?
- Speaker: Professor Tuna Kuyucu # Bogazici University; Introduced by: Andreas Zaunseder # University of Aberdeen; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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- 2nd Nov 2016 11:00 - 2nd Nov 2016 12:00
- 1st floor practice suite (CMB 1.12)
The failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15th, 2016 laid bare what state-makers had tried so hard to conceal for so long-i.e. that the mighty Turkish state was in reality a phenomenally weak organization marred by in-fighting, lack of common purpose, common identity and cooperation. The coup and its aftermath, in other words, is a perfect demonstration of the collapse of what Timothy Mitchell has called “the effect of the state”-a kind of spell that conceals the fragmented and messy nature of the state as an organization of domination. In this lecture I will chart the domestic and international developments that have led to the disintegration of the Turkish state and discuss the prospects for the future of Turkish democracy at this moment of state (re)construction.