Contextual analysis of nationalism discourse in Turkish historical adventure movies (1965-1980)

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2019
Çakır, Dilek
This study aims to present a contextual analysis of nationalism discourse in Turkish historical adventure movies which were made as film series (Tarkan, Karaoğlan, Malkoçoğlu, Kara Murat and Battal Gazi) between 1965 and 1980. To provide the necessary theoretical basis, Gramsci’s theory of ideology together with critical discourse methodology is applied. As such, this study conceptualizes a non-reductionist and contextual understanding of ideology in order to show the dynamic relation between cinema, politics and society. To provide the basis for the contextual reading of the selected movies, (operationalizing Gramsci’s conceptualization of hegemony) in which ways Turkish nationalism is articulated with the ideological frames of right-wing hegemony between 1965 and 1980 is defined. To see, in which ways Turkish nationalism is constructed and how this discursive construction is socio-politically conditioned, the discourse of Turkish nationalism in the movies is analyzed. This discourse analysis aims to present (1) how Turkish national identity is constructed, (2) in which ways the other/enemy is defined and (3) how Turkish national history is narrated within the selected movies.
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D. Çakır, “Contextual analysis of nationalism discourse in Turkish historical adventure movies (1965-1980),” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Sociology., Middle East Technical University, 2019.