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The Aesthetics of Public Visibility: Alevi Semah and the Paradoxes of Pluralism in Turkey

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 June 2010

Kabir Tambar*
University of Vermont


Efforts to theorize pluralism have often explored the challenges posed by the public visibility of ethnic, linguistic, and sectarian differences to modernist imaginaries of a homogeneous national body. In this essay, I examine a context in which public expressions of communal differences re-inscribe the categories of the nation they were meant to contest. The situation reveals what I call a paradox of pluralism.

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