Sociologist. Born in Anatolia, she lives in Belgium. She works on postmodernity social and psychological structures. Underpinning this research is her in-depth study of the so-called "Islamic" veil issue, not as an object in itself but as a symptom of our society.
The new French law which penalises the clients of prostitutes is supposed to combat prostitution. In reality, it will do no more than move street commerce elsewhere. For the Socialist Party therefore, it is not designed to abolish prostitution, but to install a form of public morality – a morality which is so far removed from daily life that it becomes necessary to impose a double language for the phenomenon. But what if the disturbing problem with prostitution is not sex, but the power of women?
Commenting on the charge that the Syrian Republic had used chemical weapons against its own people, sociologists Jean-Claude Paye and Tülay Umay reveal the willful contradictions in Atlanticist discourse: two contradictory statements are issued at the same time by the same source, while facts are transformed into degrees of certainty. The auditor has henceforth no way to challenge official discourse, except to revolt against the bad faith of his own authorities.
The display of the lynching of Mouamar Gaddafi exposes our societies for what they are. It mesmerizes and dismantles our capacity to think and critically assess a historical process. By focusing public attention on what constitutes a “ritualized atrocity” these gruesome images confirm that the US Empire actually represents an unprecedented regression, a step backwards in the history of humanity. They show that the objective of the war on Libya was not only conquest, leading to the plundering of oil or of Libyan assets, but also, just as was the case in the Crusades, the destruction of a symbolic order, leaving room for the sheer enjoyment of an act of killing, as displayed by the media, in a capitalist World Order run amok.
‘Humanitarian War’ as it has evolved from Kosovo to Libya is underpinned by the increasingly sophisticated discourse that NATO acts in the name of the victims, who are unable to fend for themselves. According to sociologists Jean-Claude Paye and Tülay Umay such discourse reflects a profound shift in European mentalities for which the cult of suffering outweighs the grasp of political reality. This results in a form of law, national or international, which no longer seeks to halt the spiral of violence, but feeds it instead.
The Lynching of Mouamar Gaddafi
Beyond Propaganda: Improbability