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Problems of National Identity in an Era of Globalization: Turkey’s Bid to Join the European Union

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Authors
Ryoo, Woongjae
Issue Date
2008-06
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.15 No.1, pp. 37-45
Keywords
TurkeyEuropean UnionNational IdentityGlobalizationDiscourse PoliticsIslamChristendomDistinction
Abstract
This paper examines Turkish national identity as the critical element in Turkey’s exclusion from the

European Union (EU). My central contention is that the main obstacle to Turkey’s membership in the

EU may not be the reason that European officials formally cite, that is to say, problems related to

democracy, economics, and human rights, but rather, perceptions of Turkey and Turkish national

identity as ‘alien’ and ‘others.’ As Europe reinvents itself along ethnic and to a certain extent, racial

lines with the emergence of the EU, a powerful regional block pursuing a different kind of superpower

whose main domain is the soft power, European perceptions of the Turk constitute serious obstacles to

Turkey’s integration into Europe. Therefore, Turkey’s hopes for full membership in the EU are far

from being materialized at this point due to questions regarding Turkey’s national identity.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96460
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