The Imagined ‘Other’ and Its Shifts: Politics and Identifications in Turkish Cyprus

Dembinska, Magdalena

Abstract

This article addresses the puzzling case of shifting identity constructions in northern Cyprus, from ethnic to civic–territorial in 2003 and back to ethnic in 2009. It is argued that these shifts occurred when external factors (EU and Turkey) opened/closed windows of opportunity for internal elites’ reconfigurations. It then explains societal responsiveness to these nation-building changes sustaining that, over time, a process transforming the perception of the ‘other’ took place from below and a civic–territorial identity layer (Cypriotness) developed along the ethnic-Turkish layer. These coexist and fluctuate depending on the given context of choice.

 


Dembinska, M. (2016). «The Imagined ‘Other’ and Its Shifts: Politics and Identifications in Turkish Cyprus», National Identities, vol. 19, no 4, p. 395-413.

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