By Bilge Yesil

Funding and growth have made Turkish media a transnational powerhouse within the heart East and significant Asia. but tensions keep growing among media retailers and the Islamist AKP occasion that has ruled the rustic for over a decade. In Media in New Turkey , Bilge Yesil unlocks the complexities surrounding and penetrating latest Turkish media. Yesil makes a speciality of a convergence of worldwide and family forces that diversity from the 1980 army coup to globalization's inroads and the hot resurgence of political Islam. Her research foregrounds how those and different forces develop into intertwined, and he or she makes use of Turkey's media to unpack the ever-more-complex relationships. Yesil confronts crucial questions relating to: · the function of the country and armed forces in construction the buildings that formed Turkey's media method; · media diversifications to ever-shifting contours of political and fiscal energy; · how the far-flung financial pursuits of media conglomerates depart them liable to kingdom strain; and · the methods Turkey's politicized judiciary criminalizes yes speech. Drawing on neighborhood wisdom and a wealth of Turkish resources, Yesil presents an engrossing examine the fault strains carved by way of authoritarianism, culture, neoliberal reform, and globalization inside of Turkey's more and more far-reaching media.

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Now there were “110 weekly and monthly Islamist journals in circulation, 16 national and 15 regional [television] stations, as well as 300 local ones. ”60 Notwithstanding the rise of Islamist media, the post-1980 era also witnessed the increasing prominence of Islamist social networks, especially that of the Gulen community (alternatively referred to as the Gulen movement, the Community or the Service). ”62 It was during this decade that they built a massive network of dormitories, schools, media outlets, charities, and cultural foundations and established close links with Anatolian businessmen.

Entry of multinational corporations into the Turkish market, inflow of foreign capital and culture, expansion of Turkish businesses into global markets, EU membership application). 37 Like many other developing countries, Turkey had been suffering from massive debt accumulation that was worsened by the worldwide economic recession, the reorganization of the global economy around a global manufacturing system, and rising oil prices. 40 Despite these dramatic measures, however, the country’s woes still eluded any sort of quick resolution, given the resistance from trade union federations and ensuing factory occupations, strikes, and violent clashes with the army and the police.

14 Perhaps the most important of the modernizing reforms was the subordination of religion in the public sphere and the institutionalization of secularism. indd 19 Politics and Culture in Turkey 19 5/13/16 12:10 PM and charities; and the replacing of the Arabic call to prayer with one using the Turkish language. 15 Despite all efforts to institutionalize secularism, however, the Kemalist project was not able to eradicate Islam from public life. 16 A crucial point to note here is that even though the Turkish state repudiated Islam as the chief marker of its national identity, it nonetheless adopted a double discourse regarding religion.

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