Turks have been living in Iran geography for more than a thousand year. The deep cultural, social, and political traditions that they had made them an influential actor. Although they were organized in a form of state in Iran geography for a long time, they lost their organization since 1925. They were exposed to segregation and assimilation policies under the Iran government. Their ethnic identities, culture, language, and way of life were aimed to be forgotten with oppression. Despite all kind of the oppressions, Southern Azerbaijan Turks succeeded to survive and maintain their existence by the virtue of their national conscience. Southern Azerbaijan Turks had an influential dynamic of social movement in the historical process. They have been organized for different targets and aims since the beginnings of 1900s. They organized acts reflecting their claims for identity and culture. The social movement, which is gathered under the same roof with Southern Azerbaijan National Movement, transformed the matches of Traktör (Traxtur) football team into a social act. This kind of act, which is called as political football tactics, plays an important role for the Turks living in a closed and confined political area. The most important role of the Traktör football team is the creating process of geopolitical imagination of the young generation in the process of socialization. Discourses and spatial representations are used while creating this imagination. This discourse and spatial representations are visually represented with acclaims, marches, banners, clothing, and hand signs. In this study, it was aimed to analyze the discourses and spatial representations during the matches of Traktör football team as an act of social movement. In this respect, critical geopolitical approach was used as a base.
Southern Azerbaijan Turks, Social Movements, Traktor Football Team, Geopolitical Imagination, Critic