Agos and Armenian community: an inquiry on the reformulation of Armenian identity in Turkey /


Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: English

Student: Yasemin Koç Gabrielsen

Supervisor: ASLI ÇIRAKMAN DEVECİ

Abstract:

This study presents the process of identity reformulation of Armenian community in Turkey through analyzing the Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos between February 1996 and May 2014. This study explores Armenian identity in social constructivist terms treating Agos as a political text. In this inquiry, first, analytical elements of Armenian identity in Turkey are determined as civic life and political representation, 1915 narratives and collective memory, and religion. Secondly, Agos’s reflection of Armenian identity in Turkey is analyzed in reference to those identity elements. The analysis is divided into four time periods. Key conclusions drawn from the analysis point to the evolution of the Armenian identity toward a more heterogeneous structure. The main conclusion of this study is the active role and importance of the debates structured around Islamized Armenians in the reformulation process of Armenian identity in Turkey as reflected through Agos. The study highlights the need to treat the Armenian identity and community in hybrid terms basing this argument on the role of Islamized Armenians on the Armenian identity’s reformulation process in Turkey.