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Media Representations of the Cultural Other in Turkey

Authors: Nas, Alparslan

  • Provides a fresh perspective on the cultural other in Turkey, by examining a broad range of different centers and peripheries
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach by examining the cultural other through various lenses, which will interest researchers in anthropology, media studies, sociology and political science
  • Presents a comprehensive study that discusses film, television, advertisements and cartoons and extends across the 20th and 21st centuries
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“A fresh study that confirms the existence of multiple peripheries (and its others) in Turkish society and how dominant centrist media represented these differences in film and television discourse. The use of Mardin’s center-periphery concept for the analyses of films, ads and cartoons is brilliant. This is a timely project as scholarly interest in Turkey has increased exponentially since 2013. This project is key to understanding the roots of a media politics in contemporary Turkey.”

—Murat Akser, Ulster University, UK

“Alparslan Nas' seminal work disrupts the notion of Turkish identities as fixed and stable. He challenges the center (secular, modern, Western)/ peripheral (conservative, religious) binary by critically examining how a cultural “other” is constructed and performed through the media in Turkey. Nas’ analysis offers a (much needed) new lens and approach to understanding Turkey’s complex social and political landscape.”

—Kathleen Cavanaugh, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

This book is an important contribution to the scholarship on Turkey’s cultural and political dynamics, facilitating a discussion on the recent depictions of the cultural other in the media. Turkey’s modern history has been characterized by a particular tension between the social classes occupying the “center” of society: while the bureaucratic elite are represented as modern, secular and westernized, the “peripheral” communities are portrayed as conservative, religious or non-Turkish. This book facilitates a timely intervention to problematize this possible perception and to point at the complex dynamics of center-periphery relations through the representation of the cultural other in film, television, advertisements and cartoons, which have all been produced by different social classes. Ultimately, Media Representations of the Cultural Other in Turkey argues that the notions of the center and periphery do not signify stable positions; rather, each social agent imagines themselves at the center, the cultural other at their periphery providing a crucial tool for the realization of their own identity. 


About the authors

Alparslan Nas is Assistant Professor at Marmara University Faculty of Communication, Turkey.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Locating the Cultural Other in Turkey Through a Center–Periphery Dichotomy

    Nas, Alparslan

    Pages 1-25

  • The Cultural Other in Film Narratives: Gendered Perspectives

    Nas, Alparslan

    Pages 27-47

  • The Making of a Militarized Self and the Other in Television Series: A Reformulation of the Center?

    Nas, Alparslan

    Pages 49-69

  • New Cultural Others? Unveiling the Limitations and Paradoxes

    Nas, Alparslan

    Pages 71-90

  • Toward a Conclusion: Imagining the Cultural Other

    Nas, Alparslan

    Pages 91-95

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78346-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78345-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media Representations of the Cultural Other in Turkey
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78346-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78346-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78345-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 110
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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