Research in Turkey was undertaken while I was on a University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Junior Faculty Sabbatical, for which I am most grateful. I am grateful also for friendly and helpful assistance from several muhtars (elected community leaders) in Istanbul, Fikret Toksöz at TESEV, staff at Anadolu Kültür who shared expertise and time, and staff at the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUİK).
Reform in Turkey: Liberalization as government and critique (Respond to this article at http://www.therai.org.uk/at/debate)
Article first published online: 3 AUG 2010
© RAI 2010
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 22–25, August 2010
How to Cite
Silverstein, B. (2010), Reform in Turkey: Liberalization as government and critique (Respond to this article at http://www.therai.org.uk/at/debate). Anthropology Today, 26: 22–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8322.2010.00749.x
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 3 AUG 2010
Turkey is in the midst of a wide-ranging reform of historic proportions, the most profound reorganization and restructuring of institutions and practices since the foundation of the Republic in 1923. These reforms, inspired and guided by the country's EU integration, are multifaceted but can be summarized as liberalization of economy, politics and society. While capitalist penetration and privatization are obvious features of the reform, its techniques, kinds of knowledge and objects, as well as its reflexive aspects – the ways in which it studies itself unfolding – have not been sufficiently conceptualized.