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Politically motivated precarization of academic and journalistic lives under authoritarian neoliberalism: the case of Turkey

Aydin, Bermal ORCID: 0000-0003-0020-3169 (2022) Politically motivated precarization of academic and journalistic lives under authoritarian neoliberalism: the case of Turkey. Globalizations, 19 (5). 677 - 695. ISSN 1474-7731

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14747731.2021.1902036

Abstract

Focusing on contemporary Turkey under the authoritarian neoliberal rule of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi–AKP), this paper examines the politically motivated precarization of the journalistic and academic labour force that otherwise might play an important role in establishing collective action through pursuing and reporting the truth. Politically motivated precarization here means the loss of the minimum socio-economic conditions for a living, deprivation of basic rights, and devaluation of lives for political reasons. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews with academics and journalists from Turkey, who currently live in the UK because of political pressures in their home country, support the fundamental argument of this study, namely that there is an overlapping relationship between authoritarian neoliberalism and politically motivated precarization. Based on the interviews, this article also discusses alternative ways of knowledge production and dissemination beyond traditional structures, and the role of transnational solidarity to overcome the authoritarian neoliberal crackdown.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rglo20
Additional Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 12:54
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 21:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/114960

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