July 15th and Awakening of Turkish National Identity: An Analysis in the Framework of Constructivist Theory

Karabulut B.

BILIG, ss.1-22, 2016 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 79
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Dergi Adı: BILIG
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1-22


The identity phenomenon has been one of the topics the social sciences recently focused on. The topics of how individual, social and national identities were constructed and, their reflection in domestic and foreign policies has become main area of interest of many theories, especially of constructivism. Therefore the term of identity and the theory of constructivism are analyzed in two different section in the paper. Afterwards, July 15th coup and invasion attempt was analyzed within the context of the identity phenomenon. The main problematic of the paper is to find out the identity of the perpetuators of the coups and analysis of structural features of upper identity in the background of heroic reaction by Turkish people. The paper mainly argues that Turkish identity was awakened from the long time inertia and negligence after the betrayal on July 15th. Additionally, it became a reference point to understand and explain the historical, cultural and social depth of Turkish identity.