Constitutive discourse of turkish nationalism: Atatürk's nutuk and the rhetorical construction of the "Turkish people"

Aysel Morin, Ronald Lee

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This article explores the "Great Speech" Nutuk, delivered in 1927 by Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In analyzing Nutuk and its rhetorical features, we identify the mythic underpinnings Atatürk employed to construct a modern "Turkish people." We use this case to further our understanding of the constitutive discourses of nationalism. We believe Atatürk's Nutuk provides a profitable discourse to think with as we attempt to understand Muslim nations and their negotiation of modernity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-506
Number of pages22
JournalCommunication Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2010



  • Ataturk
  • Collective identity
  • Constitutive discourse
  • Myth
  • Nationalism
  • Nutuk
  • Turkey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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