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The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music

Martin Stokes


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 i ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226775050
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226775074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Stokes, author