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Mass MediationsNew Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond$
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Walter Armbrust

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219250

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219250.001.0001

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“Beloved Istanbul”

“Beloved Istanbul”

Realism and the Transnational Imaginary in Turkish Popular Culture

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(p.224) Ten “Beloved Istanbul”
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Mass Mediations
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Walter Armbrust
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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219250.003.0010

This chapter discusses the ambiguous and troubled nature of modernity in present Turkey, focusing on Būlent Ersoy, a popular conservatory-trained singer who is not well thought of in official circles. It analyzes the sonic and literary representations of Istanbul that many consider to be emblematic of the entire state, and also addresses the importance of nostalgia and the uncoupling of modernity from nationalism in modern Turkey.

Keywords:   modernity, Būlent Ersoy, literary representations, importance of nostalgia, nationalism

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