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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-14
Public Sphere in Turkey


The public sphere in Turkey has long been mostly occupied by the state, as in other developing countries that have experienced "modernization from above." Especially people who are casted as "traditional" and the object of enlightenment and education under the dichotomous thinking of tradition/modernity—peasants, the poor, people who are devout—have been practically excluded from the process of formation of public opinion. However, the deregulation of the activity of civil society organization in the middle of the 1990s has resulted in the enlargement of the space of discourse that is independent from the state. It should be noted that it has occurred not only among the middle class but also among those people who have been deprived of their voice in the formation of public opinion. The project aims to examine how and why those people have succeeded (or not succeeded ) in forming the public sphere, focusing on the Islamist movement, disaster-prevention in squatter areas, and poverty alleviation, and thus grasp the recent transformation of the public sphere in Turkey.


2009/4 - 2010/3


Members of the Research Project

SAWAE Fumiko (Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University)
KIMURA Shuhei (Assistant Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)


Supposed to be published in Ajia Keizai