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Governmental discourse, moral regulation and democratic legitimation :|the case of Turkey

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dc.contributor Graduate Program in International Relations Turkey, Europe and The Middle East.
dc.contributor.advisor Yağcı, Alper. Sakarya, Ayşe Bengisu. 2023-03-16T13:46:23Z 2023-03-16T13:46:23Z 2021.
dc.identifier.other MIR 2021 S35
dc.description.abstract This thesis aims to demonstrate the substantial regulatory impact of the governmental discourse of the Justice and Development Party (JDP). Despite the fact that JDP had exhibited a model for the accommodation of Islamic discourses and actors in democratic structures, about a decade after its coming to power, JDP increasingly lost ground in its compliance with the democratic norms and values. JDP’s compliance with the secular notions of Turkish government, however, presented a rather complex picture. While the party preserved its moderate character by refraining from explicitly overturning secular structures as feared, it gradually assumed an authoritarian moralizing character on the discursive level and utilized this increasing authority to thwart and diminish the secular norms. The hegemonic effect of JDP’s domineering moral leadership often left little need for bureaucratic and legal regulatory reforms on religious affairs. In order to understand the moralizing impact of JDP discourse, three distinct topics concerning especially the citizens’ bodily autonomy is analyzed. The governmental discourse on these topics exemplify how separate calls for democratic demands are deliberated differently as the governmental authority decides upon which democratic demands for rights and freedoms could be considered morally legitimate. Such moralizing claims when produced by the governmental actors with disproportionate discursive influence bring about spiraling hegemonic social structures of regulation.
dc.format.extent 30 cm.
dc.publisher Thesis (M.A.) - Bogazici University. Institute for Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences, 2021.
dc.subject.lcsh Turkey -- Politics and government -- 2003-
dc.subject.lcsh Islam and politics -- Turkey.
dc.title Governmental discourse, moral regulation and democratic legitimation :|the case of Turkey
dc.format.pages viii, 149 leaves ;

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