Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

...I find writing acknowledgments a most difficult task due to the impossibility of acknowledging all the input, feedback, and assistance that went into the preparation of this book. Regretting that what I say will inevitably be partial, I want to first thank...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-32

...fact that it has been and continues to be such a constitutive part of social, political, cultural, and economic life all over the world compels scholars of different disciplines to address the term, serving to further proliferate its meaning and complicate...

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1. Performative Politics and the Public Gaze

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pp. 33-52

...This study embraces a broader approach to the study of politics by taking the context of daily life in the public sphere as the main locus of political activity. Politics is understood not as confined to an analysis of political structures or formal institutions...

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2. Clothing the National Body: Islamic Veiling and Secular Unveiling

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pp. 53-98

...The body is one of the most important sites where modernizing interventions take place and the parameters of the public sphere are established. The body emerges as a significant site of interventions and negotiations for two reasons. First, it stands out...

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3. Cities, Squares, and Statues: The Use of Public Space in the Making of the Nation

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pp. 99-137

...An essential component of nationalist projects that seek to institute a new sense of nationhood and define a new national subject is the construction of national space. The institutionalization of a sense of nationhood requires that the nation be thought...

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4. Performing the Nation: Public Contestations of National History

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pp. 138-167

...Just as modernization and nation-building involve interventions related to bodies so as to constitute a sense of nation as a single, monolithic body, and interventions related to places so as to create a sense of a unified, single national land, they...

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Conclusion

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pp. 168-178

...This study began with the premise that modernity is an intervention related to bodies, places, and times so as to displace and induce movement. It is an intervention that displaces by defaming the present so that movement toward the future begins...

Notes

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pp. 179-192

Bibliography

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pp. 193-196

Index

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pp. 197-199

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About the Author

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pp. 200-200

...ALEV ÇINAR teaches in the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey....