Invisible Sovereign: Nation Vısible Power: People
Dr. Saime Tugrul

This article deals with the complicated and ambivalent relationships between people and nation within the idea of sovereignty, emphasizing the Turkish case. We analyze, firstly, how the principle of sovereignty is transferred to the people during the nation-building process in Western Europe through a historical background. Secondly, we try to understand, why the term nation often replaces the term people. As in Turkey’s case, the two different notions; demos and ethnos related to people and nation are deliberately confused. The new born nation defines itself rather with the particularities of an ethnos as an overlapping notion : while the majority ethnic group claims to embody the characteristics of organic unity as nation, they try to eliminate the other ethnic minorities.

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