Anatomy of a Civil War: Sociopolitical Impacts of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey

TitleAnatomy of a Civil War: Sociopolitical Impacts of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGurses, Mehmet
Number of Pages192
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
CityAnn Arbor, MI

Anatomy of a Civil War demonstrates the destructive nature of war as well as war's detrimental effects on the environment. Despite such horrific aspects, evidence suggests that civil war is likely to generate multilayered outcomes. To examine the transformative aspects of civil war, Mehmet Gurses draws on an original survey conducted in Turkey, where a Kurdish armed group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has been waging an intermittent insurgency for self-rule since 1984. Just as the destructive nature of war manifests itself in various forms and shapes, wartime experiences can engender positive attitudes toward women, create a culture of political activism, and develop secular values at the individual level. In addition, wartime experiences seem to predict greater support for political activism. Nonetheless, changes in gender relations and the rise of a secular political culture appear to be primarily shaped by wartime experiences interacting with insurgent ideology.

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