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An Analysis of the Ziya Gökalp’s Ideas in the Context of Social Capital

Author(s): Mehmet ANIK

Journal: Eskişehir Osmangazi Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi
ISSN 1302-9703

Volume: 12;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 89;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Ziya Gökalp | Social Capital | Social Cohesion | Social Relations | Westernization

This article aims to analyze some approaches of Ziya Gökalp in the context of social capital, which became one of the prominent concepts of social sciences in the last two decades. ZiyaGökalp has an important place in Turkish intellectual life with his ideas. He witnessed the destruction of the Ottoman Empire and took an active role in various positions in the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. Overall, in the concept of social capital, social relations are evaluated in a pragmatic context. In general Ziya Gökalp’s ideas are products aimed to find solutions to the problems in practice in a pragmatic way. In this context, Gö-kalp’s ideas are assessed in the scope of social capital and his approaches which are considered to be discussed in this scope are analyzed here.

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