Neo-Ottomanism and the Politics of Emotions in Turkey

Resentment, Nostalgia, Narcissism

June 20, 2024

In her new book, Nagehan Tokdogan explores the world of political emotions under Erdoğan in Turkey and uncovers how emotions and neo-Ottoman symbols shape collective identities and change the political landscape.

Tokdoğan, N. (2024). Neo-Ottomanism and the politics of emotions in Turkey: Resentment, nostalgia, narcissism. Palgrave Macmillan.

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This book focuses on the politics of emotions under Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s leadership, specifically examining the emotional manifestations of Neo-Ottomanism as a political narrative. The author studies the connection between emotions and Neo-Ottomanist symbols, exploring how they shape collective identities. The political nature of emotions and emotional nature of the political is investigated, asking how emotional politics and the Neo-Ottomanist narrative impact the national mood that sustains Erdoğan's rule.

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