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Charles Turner is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. He lived in Turkey from 2010 to 2011. His research and teaching interests have also taken him to the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich (1990-1991), the University of Warsaw (1992-1994) and the Jagiellonian University, Krakow (1999) . His publications include Modernity and Politics in the Work of Max Weber (Routledge 1992) and Investigating Sociological Theory (Sage 2010). His wife is Turkish, and currently participating in the demonstrations in Istanbul.
Instead of recognising Turkey’s European credentials, the United States continues to see Turkey as a possible ‘Islamic democracy’ and example to the Middle East