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Mapping action and identity in the Kobani crisis response


  • Thomas McGee

    () (Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq)


This article compares humanitarian operations associated with Turkish state and pro-Kurdish movement actors in response to the large cross-border displacement of Kurdish-Syrians into Turkey from the September 2014 Kobani crisis. Analysis draws on actor mapping methodologies and fieldwork conducted in the Kurdish-majority town of Suruç in southern Turkey. Parallels with the 2011 Van earthquakes highlight the ethno-national complexities and potential controversy encountered when responding to humanitarian needs of predominantly Kurdish populations in Turkey. The alternative territorial identities generated by practices of Kurdish municipal-level “governmentality” (through camp management and humanitarian assistance) trouble the assumed hierarchy between Turkish state authorities and Kurdish challengers.

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  • Thomas McGee, 2016. "Mapping action and identity in the Kobani crisis response," Kurdish Studies, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 4(1), pages 51-77, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:ksjrnl:v:4:y:2016:i:1:p:51-77

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