This article analyses the social construction of moral outrage, interpreting
it as both an extemporaneous feeling and an enduring process, objectified in narratives
and rituals and permeating public spaces as well as the intimate sphere of social actors’
lives. Based on ethnography carried out in Istanbul, this contribution focuses on the
assassination of the Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007. This provoked a
moral shock and led to an annual commemoration in which thousands of people—distant
in political, religious, ethnic positions—gather around a shared feeling of outrage.
The article retraces the narratives of innocence and the moral frames that make Dink’s
public figure different from other victims of state violence, thus enabling a moral and
emotional identification of a large audience. Outrage over Dink’s murder has become
a creative, mobilizing force that fosters new relationships between national history and
subjectivity, and de-reifies essentialized social boundaries and identity claims.