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Identity Politics Inside Out: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy in Turkey

Lisel Hintz


Teasing out the complex link between identity politics and foreign policy, this book turns the concept of identity politics as traditionally used in IR scholarship inside out. Rather than treating national identity as a cause or consequence of a state’s foreign policy, it rethinks foreign policy as an arena, alternative to domestic politics, in which contestation among competing proposals for national identity takes place. It argues that elites choose to take their contestation “outside” when their identity gambits are blocked at the domestic level by supporters of competing proposals, theoriz ... More

Keywords: identity politics, foreign policy, Turkey, Middle East, Islamism, secularism, EU accession, AKP, Ottomania, Kurdish issue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190655976
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190655976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisel Hintz, author
Postdoctoral fellow, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University