Populism, Erdoganism, and Social Engineering through Education in Turkey

Mediterranean Quarterly, Volume 29, Issue 4, December 2018

29 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2018

Date Written: August 10, 2018

Abstract

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) governments have managed to remove Kemalism only to replace it with their Islamist nation-building and social engineering project that is as, if not more, authoritarian, conservative, and regressive than the Kemalist one. The Turkish education system has been transformed into a political tool to manipulate youth and mold them into cadres of a peculiar Islamist ideology supported by the Recep Tayyip Erdogan regime. This essay discusses four sets of educational tools that have been redesigned to enable Erdogan and his entourage to shape the worldview of younger generations of Turkish citizens.

Keywords: Islamism, Turkish Politics, Nation-Building, Educational Policy, Justice and Development Party

JEL Classification: Z10, Z12

Suggested Citation

Yilmaz, Ihsan, Populism, Erdoganism, and Social Engineering through Education in Turkey (August 10, 2018). Mediterranean Quarterly, Volume 29, Issue 4, December 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3252356

Ihsan Yilmaz (Contact Author)

Deakin University ( email )

75 Pigdons Road
Victoria, Victoria 3216
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/ihsan-yilmaz

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