Accepted paper:

The interaction between exemplarity and political process: the case of Turkish president Erdogan's "one minute" angry walk out at 2009 Davos meeting

Authors:

Yücel Demirer (Kocaeli University, Turkey)
Arda Ercan (Kocaeli University)

Paper short abstract:

 This paper focuses Turkish President Erdogan’s angry walk out at 2009 Davos Meeting. We argue that the narration of this move did not only inform a specific audience about already defined statement but became a venue to excite various actions among his political supporters and in the Islamic world in general.

Paper long abstract:

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has become renowned for his anger which he has displayed on international occasions as well. After a brief account of the position of anger in Erdoğan’s politics, this paper focuses his angry walk out at 2009 Davos Meeting. We argue that as a well-performed symbolic action, his walk out produced multiple outcomes at both national and international level. The narration of this move did not only inform a specific audience about already defined statement but became a venue to excite various actions among his political supporters and in the Islamic world in general. The findings of this research based upon Erdoğan's unique nonverbal vocabulary suggest that Erdoğan’s exemplarity can enhance coherence between his supporters and opens the way for an alternative political socialization process.

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