translator of turkish. phd student in cultural anthropology.


Ismail Besikci and the reality of Kurdistan

By Bülent Küçük

"Racism does not merely consist of an instrument of symbolic and class domination over the other through instituting forms of segregation and distance. Forms of spatial, cultural, and class segregation bear a unifying effect on this privileged, dominant identity, totalizing what is in reality an internally classed and culturally differentiated entity into a community. In other words, the segregation of the other renders invisible difference, inequality, and heterogeneity within the dominant identity; it provides solidarity by making the majority, and it weds the state to the dominant identity. This magical colonial distinction is what makes Europeanness, Frenchness, Englishness—in other words, the constitution of a “we”—possible."


Nicholas Glastonbury