Islamists against the class cleavage: identity formation and interest representation in the case of Hak-İş in Turkey

Öztürk, A. (2018) Islamists against the class cleavage: identity formation and interest representation in the case of Hak-İş in Turkey. Middle Eastern Studies, 54(3), pp. 459-474. (doi: 10.1080/00263206.2017.1419192)

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Abstract

One of the central characteristics of current Middle Eastern politics is the weakness of class-based political organizations. While structural explanations of this pattern abound, hegemonic struggles of Islamists to erode the class cleavage have so far been largely overlooked. In order to bring this perspective into the literature, this article studies discourses, affects and policies promoted by the Islamic trade unions confederation of Turkey, Hak-İş. After the introduction, I first demonstrate that the identity of Hak-İş has consistently been based on a fantasy of social cohesion and aversion to class-based politics. Building on this, I detail how Hak-İş has developed new economic and political practices, in a deliberate effort to overcome class-based unionism. Finally, I argue that the role of Hak-İş has evolved into representing workers' interests within the framework of the corporatist regime built by pro-Islamic AKP government.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by Moynihan Institute Middle Eastern Studies Summer Research Grant 2017.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ozturk, Mr Aykut
Authors: Öztürk, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Middle Eastern Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0026-3206
ISSN (Online):1743-7881
Published Online:28 January 2018

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