February 7, 2022
Dr. Azat Gündoğan, Honors Program faculty member, recently published an article in the journal, Turkish Historical Review. The journal focuses on Turkish history from the 6th century to the 20th century. The article is titled "The New Left in Turkey's Long Sixties: The Kurdish '68ers and the Workers' Party of Turkey." The full abstract can be read below on this page, as well as on the publisher's website.
Citation: Gündoğan, Azat Zana. 2021. “The New Left in Turkey’s Long Sixties: The Kurdish '68ers and the Workers’ Party of Turkey. Turkish Historical Review. 12 (2021): 240-264. https://doi.org/10.1163/18775462-bja10026”
Abstract: Global 1968 stood in opposition to the two major social movements of the previous two centuries, namely the nationalist movements and the old left. Turkey entered into this epoch as a Third World country with a record of broken promises to various social groups, including the Kurds. This article focuses on the Kurdish ’68ers who protested the systematic oppression, exploitation, and forced assimilation of the Kemalist Republic through new action repertoires and organizational capabilities. It explores their particular subjectivity and agency and analyzes their unlikely alliance with the Workers’ Party of Turkey (tİp). The article’s overarching argument is that the Turkish left’s historical burden of nation-state centrism and a Turkish national identity determined the failure of the New Left in Turkey. In contrast, the Kurdish left was able to carry on the legacy of the New Left and the ’68ers today because of the said historical subjectivity and agency.