Re-Constructing the Meaning of Aid through the Politicisation of Communities in a Welfare State: The Psychological Responses to the Governmental Aid Plans against Covid-19 in Turkey

Akkurt S. B., Çoymak A., Koç Y.

in: Psychosocial Perspectives on Community Responses to Covid-19, Emma O'Dwyer,Luiz Gustavo Silva Souza, Editor, Routledge, London/New York , London, pp.53-65, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: Routledge, London/New York 
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-65
  • Editors: Emma O'Dwyer,Luiz Gustavo Silva Souza, Editor
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


Just seven years after all nations signed an agenda in Rio de Janeiro to unite against the world's environmental, political, and economic challenges, a sudden worldwide pandemic – Covid-19 – showed that the unity of nations is far from the ideal. Many countries have failed to cooperate with other nations and fallen short in developing effective policies to assist their citizens from the pandemic's detrimental effects. This was especially surprising in welfare states where citizens expect sustainable governmental support. For instance, in Turkey, although the central government had the capacity to respond more effectively to the pandemic, it failed in many ways. Hence, citizens and local communities had to band together to combat the detrimental effects of Covid-19 and demonstrated outstanding examples of collaboration and solidarity. Uniquely in Turkey, this massive public response has taken shape in the metropolitan municipalities, run by an opposition political party. This chapter explains how Covid-19 aid in Turkey has become a site of competition between the central government and the metropolitan municipalities, and how, through this aid, communities have responded and re-constructed the meaning of aid.