In the name of Allah the Merciful

Narrative Traditions in International Politics: Representing Turkey

Johanna Vuorelma, 978-3-030-85588-8, 978-3-030-85587-1, 3030855902, 978-3030855901, 9783030855901, B09NFL8QMC, 3030855872, 978-3030855871, 9783030855871

English | 2022 | PDF

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This book introduces the concept of narrative tradition to study representation in international politics. Focusing specifically on the case of Turkey, the book shows how narrative traditions are constructed, maintained, and passed on by a loose epistemic community that involves practitioners and experts including scholars, journalists, diplomats, and political representatives. Employing an interpretative approach, the book distinguishes between four narrative traditions in the study of Turkey: Turkey as a state that is (1) getting lost, (2) standing at a decisive crossroad, (3) led by strongmen, and (4) struggling with a creeping Islamisation.These narrative traditions carry enduring beliefs that not only describe, moralise, judge, and stigmatise Turkey, but also contribute to the idea of the West. The book focuses on knowledge that is produced from a Western perspective, showing that Turkey provides a channel through which the Western self can be debated, challenged, celebrated, and judged.