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Diaspora Nationalism: The Turkish Case

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The new nationalist ideology, widely accepted in the first generation of the Turkish republic, and fairly widespread even later, emphasized modernization and secularization. Consequently, the discussion of contemporary diaspora nationalism in the context of Turkey ought to focus on Turkish/Turkic ethnic communities in some of the Balkan states and the Middle East, and in Western and Northern Europe. Many organizations have been set up on the same ideological patterns as in Turkey and, indeed, have imported some Turkish domestic politics into their new environment. Their ties with political associations in Turkey are among the most evident expressions of Turkish diaspora nationalism towards its homeland, much more so than any demonstrations, lobbying and the like which are not very frequent anyway. Group organizations and propaganda are a more reliable indicator of the complex reality of identification processes and, consequently, of diaspora nationalism.

Keywords: diaspora nationalism; Turkish case



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