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‘We are not barbarians’: gender politics and Turkey’s quest for the west

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Turkey’s policy-makers have historically aimed to position Turkey within the West by convincing the latter that Turkey meets the ‘standards’ of the West, that they ‘are not barbarians’. This article aims to offer a gender analysis of Turkey’s relations with the West by showing how ‘devalorization’ as feminization and hypermasculinization of the non-West becomes a source of insecurity for non-Western policy-makers. This gendered ontological insecurity is intensified when they face a military threat from a third party. The argument is that Turkey’s policy-makers try to benefit from military crises in order to represent Turkey as a state meeting Western ‘standards’ of masculinity, and therefore to address its gendered ‘devalorization’. The analysis aims to contribute to the literatures of postcolonial feminism and non-Western insecurities.

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Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

International Relations

Volume

29

Issue

2

Pages

198 - 218

Citation

BILGIC, A., 2015. ‘We are not barbarians’: gender politics and Turkey’s quest for the west. International Relations, 29 (2), pp. 198 - 218.

Publisher

SAGE © The Author

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015-01-14

Notes

This article was published in the journal International Relations [SAGE © the author] and the definitive version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0047117814565524

ISSN

0047-1178

eISSN

1741-2862

Language

en

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