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Homonationalism and Western progressive narrative: locating ‘conservative heartlands’ with Zenne Dancer (2012) and its Western reviews

Szulc, Lukasz and Smets, Kevin (2015) Homonationalism and Western progressive narrative: locating ‘conservative heartlands’ with Zenne Dancer (2012) and its Western reviews. Asian Journal of Communication, 25 (6). pp. 551-566. ISSN 0129-2986

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01292986.2015.1007334

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the Turkish film Zenne Dancer (2012), which is largely based on what has been called a first gay honor killing in Turkey. We employ a framing analysis to both the film's content and its Western reviews to compare how different media texts frame the murder. The results indicate that while both the film and the reviews recognize tradition, understood here as native and archaic values as well as Islamic religion, as a key factor behind the murder, they locate this tradition quite differently: the film relegates it to the eastern Turkey, and thus implicitly to Kurds, while the reviews tend to extend it to the entire country or even the whole Middle East. We relate these results to the Western progressive narrative that positions the West as a civic and moral ideal that could be achieved by others over time. In particular, we employ Puar's concept of homonationalism to show how different media texts challenge or exploit the Western imperative to ‘come out’ and what effects it has for the East–West juxtapositions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rajc20/current
Additional Information: © 2015 Routledge
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 17:16
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86928

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