"This is an important and thoroughly researched account of the role of Kurdish identity and politics in the Turkish governmental system, where Kurdish parties are regularly closed down and politicians arrested. The book demonstrates quite clearly that the incorporation of a movement into the system doesn't necessarily lead to its moderation, but that democratic participation initiates sometimes unpredictable and contradictory, but important trajectories of transformation. This is a must-read book for understanding Kurdish politics in Turkey."
-Jenny White, author of Islamist Mobilization in Turkey
"An original and well-informed book that makes a most welcome contribution to the literature on Kurdish politics in particular and nationalism and democratic politics more generally. . . . an innovative, sharp, and valuable study."
"Most of the recently published books on the Kurdish problem in Turkey focus on the armed struggle and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Watts, however, offers a much-appreciated alternative approach."
-Michael M. Gunter, Insight Turkey, Vol. 14(2) 2012
"Watts' book is embedded in a solid theoretical paradigm that shed light on the four major Kurdish nationalist movements in Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Summing up: Highly recommended."
-Choice, August 2011