Journal article

Contesting Working-Class Politics in Turkey: Social Transformations, Islam, and the Left

Ahmet Bekmen, Ferit Serkan Ongel, Vedi R Hadiz

Critical Sociology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020


This article examines transition in Kocaeli, an industrial city in the north-western part of Turkey, away from left-wing politics and trade unionism in the early 1970s, and toward Islamic politics from the mid-1990s onwards. It does do by investigating the ideological, political, and social transformation of the working class. Based on fieldwork involving in-depth, semistructured interviews conducted with current and former workers and trade union leaders, the article analyzes the various aspects of, and limits to, the hegemonic relationships between workers and left-wing politics on the one hand, and with Islamic politics, on the other.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects grant scheme (DP180100781).