Political Representation of Alevi Kurds in Turkey: Historical Trends and Main Transformations

Gunes, Cengiz (2020). Political Representation of Alevi Kurds in Turkey: Historical Trends and Main Transformations. Kurdish Studies, 8(1) pp. 71–90.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/ks.v8i1.522

Abstract

This article explains the process of change in the political representation of Alevi Kurds in Turkey since the country held its first competitive election in 1950. It applies process tracing methodology to identify the dominant trends in Alevi Kurds’ political representation and highlights how the mode of their political participation evolved over time. The discussion presented here develops an explanation that connects the effects of key events and processes that shapes the outcome of this complex political phenomenon. The strong appeal among Alevi Kurds of the Turkish socialist movement and the political parties that are associated with the secular republican regime is discussed before the impact of the rise of Alevi and Kurdish movements on the Alevi Kurds’ political representation is assessed. The barriers Turkey’s restrictive political and legal order place on Alevi Kurds’ political representation are also highlighted.

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