Occidentalism: The Historical Fantasy of the Modern

Occidentalism: The Historical Fantasy of the Modern a source of frustration for Turkish national identity in a long and strained history. Turkey, who has long been trying to be a member of Europe,1 regarded  as an especially critical year in its relations with the European Union (EU). Hoping to be given a date for ‘‘negotiations’’ for full membership at the end of the year, the Turkish government concentrated its effort to initiate legislative reforms concerning human rights. Although the political target of full membership to Europe found support in most segments of the society, the enthusiasm was nevertheless shadowed by a doubt whether Europe or ‘‘the West’’ would at last accept Turkey’s selfconsciously crafted Western identity. It turned out that the anxiety was not without reason. In December , the EU leaders’ meeting came The South Atlantic Quarterly :/, Spring/Summer . Copyright ©  by Duke University Press. Meltem Ahıska to the conclusion that ‘‘if the European Council in December , on the basis of a report and a recommendation from the Commission, decides that Turkey fulfills the Copenhagen political criteria, the European Union will open accession negotiations with Turkey without delay.’’ 2 The ambiguity of the ‘‘if ’’ condition is causing further debates http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png South Atlantic Quarterly Duke University Press

Occidentalism: The Historical Fantasy of the Modern

South Atlantic Quarterly, Volume 102 (2-3) – Apr 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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0038-2876
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1527-8026
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10.1215/00382876-102-2-3-351
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a source of frustration for Turkish national identity in a long and strained history. Turkey, who has long been trying to be a member of Europe,1 regarded  as an especially critical year in its relations with the European Union (EU). Hoping to be given a date for ‘‘negotiations’’ for full membership at the end of the year, the Turkish government concentrated its effort to initiate legislative reforms concerning human rights. Although the political target of full membership to Europe found support in most segments of the society, the enthusiasm was nevertheless shadowed by a doubt whether Europe or ‘‘the West’’ would at last accept Turkey’s selfconsciously crafted Western identity. It turned out that the anxiety was not without reason. In December , the EU leaders’ meeting came The South Atlantic Quarterly :/, Spring/Summer . Copyright ©  by Duke University Press. Meltem Ahıska to the conclusion that ‘‘if the European Council in December , on the basis of a report and a recommendation from the Commission, decides that Turkey fulfills the Copenhagen political criteria, the European Union will open accession negotiations with Turkey without delay.’’ 2 The ambiguity of the ‘‘if ’’ condition is causing further debates

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Published: Apr 1, 2003

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