Seeing for the state: Kemalist long-distance nationalism in Australia

Banu Şenay*

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The recent literature on Muslim organisations in the Turkish diaspora context is voluminous as is analysis of Kurdish and Alevi grassroots politics against the Turkish state. Yet nothing has been written on those whose political orientation is in line with the secularist-nationalist ideology of the Turkish Republic, that is, of Kemalists. As a contribution to this endeavour, this paper explores Kemalist actors' mobilisation in Australia. The paper argues that their current activism is related to a threatened economic privilege, a loss of cultural capital and a waning political dominance in the ongoing social life of Turkey.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-394
Number of pages19
JournalNations and Nationalism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Diaspora
  • Kemalism
  • Long-distance nationalism
  • Transnationalism
  • Turkish migrants

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