On the pursuit of a nation: The construction of folk and folk music in the founding decades of the Turkish Republic

Degirmenci, Koray
This paper largely investigates the dynamics of cultural policy in the founding years of the Turkish Republic (1923-1940s) by looking at a particular cultural form, Turkish folk music. The reconstruction of Turkish folk music and the development of the term 'folk' reflect certain cultural and political aspects of the formation of the nation-state and of Turkish nationalism. The paper also attempts to understand the inspirational sources of the founding cadres' cultural policy by looking at the genealogy of the term 'folk'(in Romantic thought and during the Enlightenment period) and their folk discourse.


The Corpus of Turkish Youth Language (COTY): The compilation and interactional dynamics of a spoken corpus
Efeoğlu Özcan, Esranur; Işık Güler, Hale; English Language Teaching (2022-9-2)
This study examines the previously unattained research area of contemporary spoken Turkish used in dyadic and multi-party interaction among young speakers of Turkish. For this purpose, a specialized corpus called the Corpus of Turkish Youth Language (CoTY) was compiled as a source of data and as a tool of analysis. Designed to offer a maximally representative sample of Turkish youth talk, the CoTY contains naturally occurring and spontaneous interactional data among young people between the ages of 14-18 fr...
Everyday Nationalism in Turkey: Construction of Turkishness in Nevşehir
Ravanoğlu Yılmaz, Sezen; Çırakman Deveci, Aslı; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2022-9-28)
This thesis aims to understand in a period in which Islamist and ethnic nationalism become a dominant paradigm in Turkish politics, in a small- sized nationalist and conservative central Anatolian city, Nevşehir. Right-wing political parties representing political Islam and ethnic nationalism have historically always been strong in Nevşehir. This thesis aims to reveal how Turkishness is discursively constructed and reproduced by everyday actors from different political positions in Nevşehir. For this purpos...
The Discourse structure of Turkish
Demirşahin, Işın; Zeyrek Bozşahin, Deniz; Department of Cognitive Sciences (2015)
This thesis investigates the structure of immediate discourse in Turkish. The first and fore- most question is how discourse is built. Are there components of discourse that constitute a predicate-argument structure, or is discourse realized by underlying non-structural ties that are merely made explicit by these components? If there is structure in discourse, what is the nature of this structure, and what is its complexity? For this purpose, we analyze the relations annotated in the Turkish Discourse Bank,...
Cradle or crucible - Anatolia and archaeology in the early years of the Turkish Republic (1923-1938)
Atakuman, Çiğdem (2008-06-01)
The Turkish History Thesis of the 1930s played an influential role in the construction of the discipline of archaeology in the early years of the Turkish Republic. The Thesis argued that the Turks belonged to a high culture that brought civilization to many parts of the world through episodes of migration from their original homeland in Central Asia. Following the launch of the first series of state-supported excavations in 1933, the arguments of the Thesis took on more specific forms. TWO important points ...
Cultural changes in Turkish society: a comparative study through literature of past and today
Yaman, Öykü; Özkan, Türker; Department of Psychology (2018)
This study aims to investigate cultural transformation of Turkish culture by using Turkish literature. According to Karpat (2011), social development can be observed through literature because authors express people’s traditions and values both to glorify and to criticize. Schwartz (1994) also agrees that culture can be derived from various cultural products like folktales. To observe cultural difference, I formed two time periods: (1) was covering Abdülhamid II sultanate and pre-republic years and (2) bega...
Citation Formats
K. Degirmenci, “On the pursuit of a nation: The construction of folk and folk music in the founding decades of the Turkish Republic,” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF THE AESTHETICS AND SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC, pp. 47–65, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/63485.