Semantic Power and Representation Non Fictional Forms of Discursive Neo Ottomanism as a Tool of Public Communication

Çakmak A.

International Studies Association (ISA) Exploring the Peace, Georgia, United States Of America, 16 - 19 March 2016

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Georgia
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


This article sets out to examine the non-fictional semantics and images that reflect the movement towards neo-Ottomanism during the last period of governance of the Justice and Development Party, by adopting a critical discourse analysis. Critical discourse analysis is a significant method here since it can reveal the implicit rhetorical power relationships between the government-people (public) or opposition parties. Two basic questions are the main concerns of this study:(a) What are the non-fictional semantics and images that reflect the idealization and imitation of the Ottoman times during the last Justice and Development Party government period ? (b) To what extent are these images and non-semantics adopted in the service of political communication as a means of persuasion, silencing opponents or setting an agenda? Or are they employed haphazardly? The article is going to focus on the subject of neo-Ottomanism as a political, social and cultural imagination since the image of the Justice and Development Party is an exemplary form of neo-Ottomanism as an academic and political argument as revealed, explained but also rejected by Davutoğlu and Erdoğan. The new principles of Turkish foreign policy, reveal an image of Turkey “projecting its sense of identity and history to its regional and global engagements” that is not devoid of neoOttomanist discourse as an aspect of rhetorical action (Kalın 2012, 8)