Capitalist Modernity a la Turca: Turkey's 'Great Transformation' Reconsidered

Eren Duzgun

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Many scholars associated the recent transformation of Turkish democracy with the rise of a new bourgeois class and the neoliberal restructuring of the world economy. Using a social property relations approach, I provide a critique of the readings of Turkish modernity based on the fall and the rise of bourgeois agency. Revealing the non-capitalist origins and the protracted capitalist transformation of Ottoman and Turkish modernization, I conclude that the reformulation of the main pillars of Turkish modernity today is an expression of the recent consolidation of capitalist property relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-909
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Sociology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Ottoman Empire
  • Turkey
  • bourgeoisie
  • capitalism
  • democracy
  • historical sociology
  • modernity
  • political economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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