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Mapping Kurdistan: territory, self-determination and nationalism

Kaya, Zeynep (2020) Mapping Kurdistan: territory, self-determination and nationalism. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781108474696 (In Press)

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Abstract

Since the early twentieth-century, Kurds have challenged the borders and national identities of the states they inhabit. Nowhere is this more evident than in their promotion of the 'Map of Greater Kurdistan', an ideal of a unified Kurdish homeland in an ethnically and geographically complex region. This powerful image is embedded in the consciousness of the Kurdish people, both within the region and, perhaps even more strongly, in the diaspora. Addressing the lack of rigorous research and analysis of Kurdish politics from an international perspective, Zeynep Kaya focuses on self-determination, territorial identity and international norms to suggest how these imaginations of homelands have been socially, politically and historically constructed (much like the state territories the Kurds inhabit), as opposed to their perception of being natural, perennial or intrinsic. Adopting a non-political approach to notions of nationhood and territoriality, Mapping Kurdistan is a systematic examination of the international processes that have enabled a wide range of actors to imagine and create the cartographic image of greater Kurdistan that is in use today.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/his...
Additional Information: © 2019 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101773

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