“Beloved Istanbul”

Edited by Walter Armbrust

in Mass Mediations

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219250
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923096 | DOI:
“Beloved Istanbul”

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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

Chapter.  9159 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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