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Reflections on Serif Mardin's center-periphery thesis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations, Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7973-926x
Number of Authors: 12023 (English)In: Turkish Studies, ISSN 1468-3849, E-ISSN 1743-9663, Vol. 24, no 3-4, p. 617-639Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It would be an understatement to say that Şerif Mardin’s center-periphery thesis (CPT) has been influential on contemporary understandings of Turkey. This essay reflects on the impact of the CPT, considers the challenges from both critics and a changing empirical reality, and discusses whether it still has something to offer us today. It argues that some of the criticisms levied at Mardin’s thesis are based on a misunderstanding of the role of simplification in social science, while others point to important shortcomings of the theory without presenting an alternative framework. However, the article suggests that the anomalies in the CPT have by now amassed to the point that it no longer serves as a meaningful approximation of key dynamics in Turkish politics, primarily because it fails to capture the importance of the Kurdish issue and the consolidation of the ruling AKP at the center. 

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2023. Vol. 24, no 3-4, p. 617-639
Keywords [en]
Center-periphery, Şerif Mardin, secular-religious cleavage, Kurdish issue, AKP
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-216353DOI: 10.1080/14683849.2023.2189592ISI: 000951060600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85150923910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-216353DiVA, id: diva2:1751326
Available from: 2023-04-17 Created: 2023-04-17 Last updated: 2023-06-12Bibliographically approved

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