Turkish Families


This article from the New York Times isn’t entirely relevant to what we’ve been discussing in class, but it’s definitely a subcategory of Ethnic Relations. I encourage everyone to read it, if you haven’t already. This part in particular stuck out to me:

“That has left the family, like so many others in this Kurdish corner of the country, stuck in the middle — caught between a guerrilla movement fighting for minority rights and local autonomy and a central government that says it wants to make peace, but fears carving up the country.”

Sure, every family fights, but can you imagine being in a situation like this? And having to explain it to the younger children in your family?

It’s an exceptionally complicated structure they have happening in Turkey. Because military service is mandatory for the men in that region, it’s pretty improbable for families to remain at peace if some of the young Kurds join the revolting group.  This is a pretty good example of how the structure of the society affects the individual and primary groups, and how inequality between majority and minority groups causes dissonance at all levels.

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