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The Republic of Love

Martin Stokes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226775050
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775074 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226775074.001.0001
The Republic of Love

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At the heart of this book are the voices of three musicians—queer nightclub star Zeki Müren, arabesk originator Orhan Gencebay, and pop diva Sezen Aksu—who collectively have dominated mass media in Turkey since the early 1950s. Their fame and ubiquity have made them national icons, but this book contends, they do not represent the official version of Turkish identity propagated by anthems or flags; instead they evoke a much more intimate and ambivalent conception of Turkishness. Using these three singers as a lens, this book examines Turkey's repressive politics and civil violence as well as its uncommonly vibrant public life in which music, art, literature, sports, and journalism have flourished. However, this book's primary concern is how Müren, Gencebay, and Aksu's music and careers can be understood in light of theories of cultural intimacy. In particular, it considers their contributions to the development of a Turkish concept of love, analyzing the ways these singers explore the private matters of intimacy, affection, and sentiment on the public stage.

Keywords: Zeki Müren; Orhan Gencebay; Sezen Aksu; love; media; Turkey; popular music; Turkish identity; Turkishness; civil violence

Book.  219 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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