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Mapping action and identity in the Kobani crisis response

Thomas McGee


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 Suruin 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.


Bi nex?ekirina laknasnameyan di hewldan qeyrana Kobande

Ev gotar wan hewl lakiy mirovy dewleta tirk akter hereketa kurdberawird dike ku di hengava muhacirba kurd Siyeybo nav Tirkyeyde, anku dema qeyrana Kobanya ona 2014an, hatine encamdan. Tehl gotarxwe dispine metod bi nex?ekirina akteran xebata meydanli Suru pirankurdni?. Hevter ligel zelzeley Wany 2011an, gotar aretbi heba aloziy qewmneteweydubendiy cor bi cor dike gava li Tirkiyeyhewl ji bo qetandina piviy jiyany kom xelk kurd t dan. Nasnamey hery alternat ku encama siyaset kiryar hukraniya kurdya di asta ?aredariyan de ne (bi ra rebirina kempan arariy mirov zordide whiyerar?iya ferazya di navbera rayedar dewleta tirk berhelistkar kurd de.



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