The Settlement Issue in Turkey and the Kurds

An Analysis of Spatial Policies, Modernity and War


In seeking to understand village evacuation in the Kurdistan region of Turkey in the 1980s and 1990s, this book focuses on the spatial aspects of the armed conflict. It tries to explain how settlement and resettlement policies and practices in Turkey have been part of a larger project of political and cultural engineering, based on a revision of a classical understanding of modernity as reflected in the work of Durkheim, Mauss, and Tönnies. This interdisciplinary perspective has allowed contributions from sociology to the political sciences and from history to social geography.
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Biographical Note

Joost Jongerden, Ph.D. (2006) in Social Sciences, Wageningen University, is Assistant Professor at a center for technology-studies associated to the Wageningen University and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has published extensively on the Kurdish issue in Turkey and on society and technology issues.

Table of contents

List of Tables List of Graphs List of Boxes List of Terms and Abbreviations Notes on Turkish and Kurdish Spelling and Pronunciation Note on Style Foreword Preface Introduction Soldiers and Settlements Settling the Southeast The Integrated Settlement Network Settlement Issue and Settlement Activities Claiming the Land Summary and Conclusions Annex: Maps of the Pilot Projects Bibliography General Index


All those interested in Kurdisch and Turkish studies, and the study of internal displacement, counter-insurgency, rural development and settlement policies.