Turkish world music: multiple fusions and authenticities

Değirmenci, Koray
This dissertation investigates the case of world music in Turkey as an illustration of the discursive mechanisms involved in the production of a global cultural form from what the globality has defined as the ‘local’. The study attempts to show the complicated nature of the process by examining how the musical forms and themes supposedly belonging to the ‘local’ are incorporated into and appropriated in the discourses associated with world music and into the corresponding strategies of the actors. The discursive compilations, articulations and dislocations taking place in the subspecies of the commercial category of world music in a particular locality are investigated by mapping the discursive topographies on the imaginary continuum from the global to the local. This study views locality as a space where a repertoire of discourses are contested and articulated in the production and consumption of global cultural commodities. In line with this understanding, this dissertation also investigates what is the local as it is produced through the particular brand of world music in Turkey. The study also aims to contribute to the theoretical discussions in the literature on the interaction between the global and the local by looking at the production of a global cultural form in a particular locality.


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Citation Formats
K. Değirmenci, “Turkish world music: multiple fusions and authenticities,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2008.