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Session R4921 (Material Politics in the Middle East), 2017
My comments focus on land reform in Cold War Turkey as a central site of statecraft and modernization. Competing visions of agricultural development, upheld by leftist intellectuals, populist politicians, and foreign experts, were spatialized in distinct terms, and treated land as the venue for national, developmental or democratic fashioning of rural populations. Given its embroilment with resettlement policies and control over mobility, land reform was a matter of political economy, governmental rule of populations, and a discursive symbol of the nation, making it an important site for the study of identity, space, and materiality.