International Journal of Middle East Studies



OBJECT OR SUBJECT? THE PARADOX OF “YOUTH” IN TURKEY


Leyla Neyzi c1

A columnist in a Turkish newspaper recently asked, “Will nothing really be the same again?”3 referring to the impact of the massive earthquake of 17 August 1999 on the Turkish psyche. The writer Murathan Mungan used a similar metaphor earlier in what seems today like a prophetic statement: “I think Turkey has really come to lean against the wall. There is nowhere to go; either the wall will crumble or it will be dismantled. If it crumbles, we will be crushed below, if it is dismantled maybe we will move to another space—or at least try to.”4


Correspondence:
c1 Leyla Neyzi is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Orhanli, Tuzla 81474, Istanbul, Turkey; e-mail: neyzi@sabanciuniv.edu.tr.


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