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The Power of the People: Everyday Resistance and Dissent in the Making of Modern Turkey, 1923–1938

The Power of the People: Everyday Resistance and Dissent in the Making of Modern Turkey, 1923–1938 Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/19/2/235/1982852/235karacan.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2023 REVIEW The Power of the People: Everyday Resistance and Dissent in the Making of Modern Turkey, 1923–1938 Murat Metinsoy Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022 416 pages. ISBN 9781316515464 Reviewed by IŞIL KARACAN The effort of writing history from below, of excavating the prior experiences of the mul- titude from neglect by historians, is a valuable one. It provides a means for rebuilding ordinary people’s past to social groups that they may have missed or that were unaware of their agencies and power. A historiographical shift in this field might play a crucial part by reminding us that identities have not only been shaped by soldiers, presidents, and political parties. Most of the literature on early republican Turkey is dominated by the history of political elites and their effects on the social, political, and economic spheres. Mainstream historiographical approaches assert that the Kemalist period reforms were not internalized by the masses due to their “backwardness”; therefore complete dis- mality and reticence were demonstrated by the people. This understanding tends to stan- dardize and reduce social resistance into one form, thus portraying ordinary people as apolitical by nature. Murat Metinsoy’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women s Studies Duke University Press

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10.1215/15525864-10462383
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/19/2/235/1982852/235karacan.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2023 REVIEW The Power of the People: Everyday Resistance and Dissent in the Making of Modern Turkey, 1923–1938 Murat Metinsoy Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022 416 pages. ISBN 9781316515464 Reviewed by IŞIL KARACAN The effort of writing history from below, of excavating the prior experiences of the mul- titude from neglect by historians, is a valuable one. It provides a means for rebuilding ordinary people’s past to social groups that they may have missed or that were unaware of their agencies and power. A historiographical shift in this field might play a crucial part by reminding us that identities have not only been shaped by soldiers, presidents, and political parties. Most of the literature on early republican Turkey is dominated by the history of political elites and their effects on the social, political, and economic spheres. Mainstream historiographical approaches assert that the Kemalist period reforms were not internalized by the masses due to their “backwardness”; therefore complete dis- mality and reticence were demonstrated by the people. This understanding tends to stan- dardize and reduce social resistance into one form, thus portraying ordinary people as apolitical by nature. Murat Metinsoy’s

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Journal of Middle East Women s StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2023

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