Inga von der Stein - The Role of the Armenian Genocide in Modern Armenian and Turkish Identities and Policies

How Interaction can Bring a Change to Frozen Identities

Essay from the year 2015 in the subject Cultural Studies - Empiric Cultural Studies, grade: 8,5, Maastricht University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), language: English, abstract: This year marks the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, however the events of 1915 still have a great impact on the relations between Turkey and Armenia. The term Armenian Genocide is used by a large majority to describe the Ottoman's empire systematic killing of an estimated number of between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians, widely identified by scholars and governments as genocide. While Armenia's policy pursues the recognition of the genocide, the Turkish government follows a policy of denial. This dilemma is an obstacle not only to the resolution of this issue but to the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations in general.

Hence, using the lenses of social constructivism, this paper elaborates on the role of the Armenian Genocide in the modern Turkish and Armenian identities and policies. Further, interaction is outlined as a way to bridge the gap between the identities, de-freezing their strained relations.

The hypothesis is that identity construction is central to the opposing policies of Turkey and Armenia as an abandonment of either policy would lead to an identity crisis for both of them. Thus, interaction between the civil societies is of key importance, modifying their respective identities and thereby affecting a change of their rigid policies.

The structure of this paper is as follows. Firstly, the methodology applied is put forward which forms the theoretical framework of the analysis. To provide a background for this paper, the term 'genocide' is defined and applied to the events in 1915. The main part is formed by the analysis of the link of identity construction with the policy of denial of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey and the pressure for recognition of it by Armenia. Drawing on the findings of the analysis,

ISBN 9783668015357
VERSCHENEN 31-03-2016
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