Turkey revisited: reflections on Turkish society and culture after 20 years of absence
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This paper presents a series of sociopolitical reflections on the Turkish experience since the 1920s, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk set the country on the path toward Western-style modernization, and on the results of this process, which has accelerated and generated countercurrents and a wide range of reactions. The author, who lived in Turkey for several years during the 1960s and returned after a 20-year absence, identifies significant issues for judging Turkey's future political, social, and economic evolution: the role of religion in society, the parameters of democracy, the implications of integration into Europe, and the importance of minority and extremist political forces.
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