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Communicative ethnocide and Alevi television in the Turkish context

Emre Cetin, Kumru Berfin (2018) Communicative ethnocide and Alevi television in the Turkish context. Media, Culture & Society, 40 (7). 1008 - 1023. ISSN 0163-4437

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The attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016 provided a justification for the Turkish government to silence oppositional voices in the media and close down many television stations. Though the stated aim was to clamp down on the pro-coup Gulenist movement, the closure of TV channels has resulted in what I call a ‘communicative ethnocide’ silencing Alevi television in particular. Following Yalcinkaya, who builds on Clastres concept of ethnocide, I define ‘communicative ethnocide’ as the annihilation of the communicative capacity of a particular community by the state with the aim of destroying that community’s cultural identity. Although the closure of TV stations was not confined to Alevi channels, it has particular implications for the Alevi community by destroying its communicative capacity, infrastructure, relations with the viewers, and representation regime which are driven by the community’s political ambitions and attempts to sustain transnational connections. Parallels are drawn between Alevi and Kurdish TV to illustrate the Turkish context.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2018 Sage
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 14:25
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 09:18
Projects: NF16037
Funders: The British Academy and Royal Society

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