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The grammar of denial: state, society, and Turkish–Armenian relations


Bayraktar, Seyhan (2015). The grammar of denial: state, society, and Turkish–Armenian relations. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 47(4):801-806.

Abstract

The existing literature on the denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 tends to concentrate on either the Turkish state's political practices or civil society's increasing openness to alternative readings of the event. I argue that both approaches reduce denialism to the political practices and defense mechanisms of Turkey by prioritizing the state as the sole agent of genocide denial. Although the state is indeed a dominant actor of denialism, to juxtapose state and society is to overlook the power that rests<jats:italic>in the discourse itself</jats:italic>and its pervasiveness across different—at times even competing—social and political settings.

Abstract

The existing literature on the denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 tends to concentrate on either the Turkish state's political practices or civil society's increasing openness to alternative readings of the event. I argue that both approaches reduce denialism to the political practices and defense mechanisms of Turkey by prioritizing the state as the sole agent of genocide denial. Although the state is indeed a dominant actor of denialism, to juxtapose state and society is to overlook the power that rests<jats:italic>in the discourse itself</jats:italic>and its pervasiveness across different—at times even competing—social and political settings.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Social Sciences & Humanities > History
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Language:English
Date:1 November 2015
Deposited On:25 Oct 2018 16:03
Last Modified:26 Jan 2022 17:42
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0020-7438
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0020743815001014
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Description: Nationallizenz 142-005