The depiction of the American image in post-war Turkey: americanization and anti-americanization in Turkish periodicals (1946-1950)

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This study aims to reveal how the image of America was depicted in the early post-war (1946-1950) Turkish periodicals in terms of ideological and cultural contexts. The mainstream Turkish press became a vital legitimation tool to convince the public about the Turkish-American relations in the developing Cold War circumstances. In this context, the depiction of the United States and the Soviet Union with certain political and cultural stereotypes played an essential role in forming the Cold War perception in public. While this led to Americanization in the language of the mainstream Turkish press, the Turkish-American relations also had social and cultural repercussions in the periodicals. Another phenomenon was that left-wing political humor effectively formed an alternative discourse to the Turkish press’ consensus on the Turkish-American relations. In this period, humor emerged as an effective means of opposition and anti-Americanization by criticizing the political power, Turkish-American relations, and the Americanization in the socio-cultural field.


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Citation Formats
A. Yılmaz, “The depiction of the American image in post-war Turkey: americanization and anti-americanization in Turkish periodicals (1946-1950),” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2021.