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The Neoliberal Violence

Friday, April 6, 2012
Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamist Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey, edited by Simten Coşar (KAOS GL Advisory Board member) and Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir, was recently published by Red Quill Books. 
 
This anthology offers an alternative, critical reading of contemporary Turkish politics by problematizing the synthetic articulation of Islamist politics with neoliberal capitalism during the AKP’s decade-long rule. The contributors offer a detailed analysis of the seemingly contradictory policies of the AKP regime, from social to cultural to foreign policy, with a view to understanding changes in Turkey's neoliberal order.
 
The editors contend that the AKP’s rule should be read on the basis of transformations within capitalism in neoliberal times involving different forms of suppression and exploitation along axes of class, race and gender.
  
Table of Contents
 
INTRODUCTION:
An Attempt to Unravel the Articulation of Neoliberalism with Islamist Politics in the AKP Years in Turkey
Simten Coşar & Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir 
 
PART I: STATE, LAW AND SOCIETY
 
1. Politics and Discourse under the AKP’s Rule: The Marginalisation of Class-Based Politics, Erdoğanisation, and Post-Secularism
Galip Yalman
 
2. Fragments of Changes in the Legal System in the AKP Years: The Development and Reproduction of Market Friendly Law
Ali Murat Özdemir
 
3. The AKP's Hold on Power: Neoliberalism Meets the Turkish-Islamic Synthesis
 Simten Coşar
 
4. Islamist Bourgeoisie and Democracy under the AKP’s Rule:Democratisation or Marketisation of Politics? 
Berna Yılmaz
 
PART II: SOCIAL POLICY, CITIZENSHIP AND GENDER
 
5. The Social Policy Regime in the AKP Years: The Emperor’s New Clothes
Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir
 
6. The AKP’s Citizenisation Project: Where To?
Nalan Soyarık-Şentürk
 
7. The AKP and the Gender Issue: Shuttling between Neoliberalism and Patriarchy
Metin Yeğenoğlu & Simten Coşar
 
PART III: GLOBAL INTERFACES: POLITICS, ECONOMY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
8. Turkish Foreign Policy under the AKP Governments: An Interplay of Imperial Legacy, Neoliberal Interests and Pragmatism
Birgül Demirtaş
 
9. Internalisation of Dependency: The AKP’s Dance with the Global Institutions of Neoliberalism
Filiz Zabcı
 
10. The EU and the AKP: A Neoliberal Love Affair?
Zuhal Yeşilyurt-Gündüz
 
CONCLUSION:
Hearing the Silence of Violence: Neoliberalism and Islamist Politics under the AKP Governments
Simten Coşar & Gamze-Yücesan Özdemir
 
(http://www.redquillbooks.com/Silent_Violence.html)
(http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Violence-Neoliberalism-Islamist-Politics/dp/1926958187/ref=sr_1_41?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333041415&sr=1-41).
 
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