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Discrimination and silence: minority foundations in Turkey during the Cyprus conflict of 1974

Kenanoğlu, Pinar Dinc (2012) Discrimination and silence: minority foundations in Turkey during the Cyprus conflict of 1974. Nations and Nationalism, 18 (2). pp. 267-286. ISSN 1354-5078

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2011.00531.x


In 1974, the dispute between Turkey and Greece over Cyprus resulted in Turkish military intervention in the island. The same year, the Turkish Court of Cassation issued a legal decision that rendered possible the confiscation of properties belonging to minority foundations in the years to come. I argue that the case of minority foundations in 1974 was not a coincidence but a conscious reciprocal discrimination applied in both official and unofficial spheres. I support my argument with the following indicators: (1) the wider historical Greek-Turkish conflict and its 'reciprocal' nature of discrimination against non-Muslim minorities; (2) the laden interpretation of the non-Muslim minorities as the internal enemies in the Turkish mind-set and its direct reflections on the 1974 case of foundations; and (3) the nature of the press coverage, which I assess using detailed reading and content analysis of three Turkish newspapers (H ürriyet, T ercüman, C umhuriyet) and one Rum minority newspaper (A poyevmatini).

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 ASEN/Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 15:37
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 10:05

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