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Rhetorics of InsecurityBelonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era$
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Zeynep Gambetti and Marcial Godoy-Anativia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708439

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708439.001.0001

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Securing “Security” amid Neoliberal Restructuring

Securing “Security” amid Neoliberal Restructuring

Civil Society and Volunteerism in Post-1990 Turkey

(p.93) Chapter Four Securing “Security” amid Neoliberal Restructuring
Rhetorics of Insecurity

Yasemin Ipek Can

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on volunteer activity in post-1990 Turkey as a particular response to the threat posed by the weakening of the welfare state and the neoliberal restructuring of society. It discusses how the “middle class” and its civil society organizations (CSOs) started to align themselves with the state to assume the duty of “sharing the state's burden.” One of the most important and powerful CSOs, The Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV), took on a prominent role in the provision of educational facilities to “disadvantaged” segments of society. Field research into its activities reveals how the most individualizing technologies of the self may be used by CSOs to promote loyalty to Republican modernism and neoliberal market values.

Keywords:   Turkey, volunteer activity, welfare state, civil society organizations, The Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey, TEGV, neoliberalism, Republican modernism

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