Citizenship in Segmented Societies
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Citizenship in Segmented Societies

Lessons for the EU

Edited by Francis Cheneval and Mónica Ferrin

European Union citizenship is increasingly relevant in the context of both the refugee crisis and Brexit, yet the issue of citizenship is neither new nor unique to the EU. Using historical, political and sociological perspectives, the authors explore varied experiences of combining multiple identities into a single sense of citizenship. Cases are taken from Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. These examples of communities being successfully incorporated into one entity are exceptionally useful for addressing the challenges facing the EU today.
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Chapter 6: Turkey: minorities and citizenship claims

Hakan Yılmaz, section 6.1 with the assistance of Çağdan Erdoğan


Firstly, this chapter offers an account of the recent developments and the present situation of minorities in Turkey (their numbers, locations and socioeconomic positions) and of their rights. Secondly, it discusses discrimination in Turkey today and the Kurdish question as well as its possible solutions. Thirdly, it presents a historical and theoretical account of the problematic concepts of minorities, minority rights and, in general, the concepts of rights and freedoms in Turkey in the context of the historical interactions between Turkey and Europe, starting from the decline and collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

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