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1124) Grammar of Denial State, Society, and Turkish–Armenian Relations

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The Grammar of Denial: State, Society, and Turkish–Armenian
Relations
SEYHAN BAYRAKTAR
History Department, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland;


The existing literature on the denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 tends to concentrate on either the Turkish state’s political practices or civil society’s increasing openness

to alternative readings of the event. I argue that both approaches reduce denialism to the political practices and defense mechanisms of Turkey by prioritizing the state as the sole agent of genocide denial. Although the state is indeed a dominant actor of denialism, to juxtapose state and society is to overlook the power that rests in the discourse itself and its pervasiveness across different—at times even competing—social and political settings.

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