Epilogue
THE AFFECTS ARE COMPLEX
and changeable phenomena. Any apparent
affect may harbor numerous differentiations within itself. Affects may
also transform, metamorphose, and take new shape or color through
time. This is true of the affects described in this book in relation to space,
materialities, and the environment, as well as to politics, polity, and
administration.
This book has made an incision into the lives of Turkish-Cypriots in
northern Cyprus and beyond in a particular period. In Greek and Greek-
Cypriot nationalist discourses, the Turkish-Cypriots have been repre-
sented as ‘‘peons of Turkey,’’ as its handmaidens and accomplices in Cy-
prus.∞ Turkish-Cypriots have been portrayed as accidental leftovers in
Cyprus in the aftermath of Ottoman imperialism or as an auxiliary to
British colonialism. Likewise, in academic writing that employs the no-
tions of nationalism and ethnicity as its main explanatory devices, Turk-
ish-Cypriots are represented as variants within the symbolic and political
world of ‘‘Turkish nationalist culture’’ against ‘‘the Greek.’’≤ It is often
assumed in such works that nationalist discourses, coupled with state
practices that impose it, will have unproblematic and thorough effects on
populations they influence. Yet as the material put forward in this book
attests, national belonging and ethnicity have little validity in analyzing
the complexity of emotions a community of people might have in relation
to their homeland, its past, and its future. The notion of ethnic conflict (in
this case, Turkish-Cypriot versus Greek-Cypriot or Turk versus Greek) can
only blind the social scientist to the possibilities of the tangled and compli-
cated affects generated in the actual, material circumstances of war and its
aftermath.≥
Turkish-Cypriots have experienced discrimination and attacks at the
hands of the Greek-Cypriot majority and have been governed by a series of
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