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Phantom menace: What junior Greek army officers have to say about Turks and Turkey

Kirtsoglou, E.

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This chapter focuses on the discourse of low-rank Greek army officers about the Turks and the state of Turkey. This is a combination of the hegemonic narratives promoted by the Greek state and other forms of conventional, informal rhetoric. Concentrating on the Greek and Turkish states rather than on the respective populations, the officers reveal a form of nationalism built on seemingly rational arguments as opposed to sentimental reactions. Their struggle to think globally, however, does not necessarily allow them to disengage from a view of the world order that is very much based on local, culturally informed perceptions of micro-level social interaction. Despite their attempt to analyse the current situation in terms of international relations, the subjects of this study do not abstain from recycling hypothetical scenarios and conspiracy theories that ultimately present Greece and Turkey as predictably non-sovereign countries whose policies are dictated by larger and more powerful interests, states and coalitions.

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Kirtsoglou, E. (2006). Phantom menace: What junior Greek army officers have to say about Turks and Turkey. South European Society and Politics, 11(1), 163-177. https://doi.org/10.1080/13608740500470422

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2006
Deposit Date Mar 26, 2008
Publicly Available Date Feb 9, 2015
Journal South European Society and Politics
Print ISSN 1360-8746
Electronic ISSN 1743-9612
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 163-177
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13608740500470422
Keywords Perceptions of international politics, Conspiracy theory, Identity, Great powers, Greece, Turkey.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in South European Society and Politics on 01/03/2006, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13608740500470422.







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