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Banal nationalism and queers online: enforcing and resisting cultural meanings of .tr

Szulc, Lukasz (2015) Banal nationalism and queers online: enforcing and resisting cultural meanings of .tr. New Media and Society, 17 (9). pp. 1530-1546. ISSN 1461-4448

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1461444814530096

Abstract

Focusing on daily (re)productions of national identities online, in this article, I investigate a particular country-code Top-Level Domain, .tr for Turkey. I follow Billig’s concept of ‘banal nationalism’ to argue that .tr (re)produces online Turkish national imaginations. Furthermore, I inspect the hegemonic Turkish norms of sexuality to examine what kind of Turkishness .tr (re)produces. The analyses of the policies governing the allocation process of .tr and the email interviews with the authors of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* websites in Turkey show that .tr works to (re)produce, in a banal way, queer-free notion of Turkishness online. My analysis also demonstrates that some authors of the analysed websites do not dismiss .tr as banal but refuse to use it in resistance against the Turkish national requirements embedded in the domain. More broadly, I argue for the acknowledgement of cultural structures in internet governance studies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/nms
Additional Information: © 2014 Sage Publications
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 17:10
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86927

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