There is no doubt that since the early years of Republic, the Kurdish Question has been one of the most controversial problems in Turkey. The state, either implicitly or explicitly has always been attentive to the issue and no matter how much similar or different they are, several methods have been implemented in dealing with the question.1 Today, the situation continues to be so with the fact that the question begins to gain new dimensions and become more complex than ever.
Mapping the Pathways: Public Perception and Kurdish Question
The Kurdish initiative announced by the governing Justice and Development Party has increased the discussions on the proper ways and forms of dealing with the Kurdish question in Turkey. The announcement acted as an opening of Pandora’s box through which all different images of the problem began to be manifested simultaneously. Assuming that the public perception would have a direct impact on the trajectory of the implementation of the initiative, this essay examines different aspects of the public perception of the issue by relying on the findings of a joint survey conducted by SETA and Pollmark. It is contended that effective settlement of the Kurdish question requires encountering and resolving certain tensions in the public perceptions, which can be done by achieving a language in which the grammar of politics and the values that maintain social integration is more transitional and interdependent.
The findings display that there is a growing expectation for the implementation of new methods, other than security-oriented approaches.
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