Myths and Memories of the 1968 Events in Turkey: 1968 as the Mirror of 2008

Gurpinar D.

TURKISH STUDIES, vol.12, no.3, pp.451-474, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14683849.2011.605261
  • Journal Name: TURKISH STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.451-474
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


This article discusses the meanings attributed to the Turkish '68 events and how 1968 became an object of contestation in the 40th anniversary of 1968 between socialists and liberals who were all members of the 1968 generation. Arguing that this debate stemmed from immediate political agendas and the struggle between the socialists and the self-styled democrats to uphold the banner of progressivism, the article provides a brief overview of the controversy that erupted in 2008.