Turkey’s Otherness in the Identity Discourses of European Parliament: Avrupa Parlamentosu’nun Kimlik Söylemlerinde Türkiye’nin Ötekileştirilmesi

Ringo Ossewaarde Ossewaarde, Hülya AĞCASULU

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ABSTRACT This study aims to analyze discursive constructions of Turkey’s otherness and its relation to European identity in the European Parliament (EP). The social constructivist approach is employed in the study and European identity is proposed as a contested, hybrid and relatively exclusivist concept, which is primarily shaped by the self/other nexus particularly in the enlargement process. The focus of the paper is the identification of hegemonic referential strategies and related metaphors emphasizing the otherness of Turkey, without denying the inclusive discourses in the EP. The research data consists of 1999-2012 EP plenary debates. The study’s major findings are a) the tendency to present acquired characteristics as the innate differences; b) the majority of exclusive discourses emanate from right-wing MEPs and c) the exclusivist debates peaked during the 200409 term, coinciding with the launch of accession negotiations. Keywords: discourse, identity, European Parliament, enlargement, Turkey, otherness. Jel Codes: Z1, F5, H83
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-372
Number of pages14
JournalEge Academic Review
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

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