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Türkiye’s Soft Power: Turkish Series

The Turkish series industry has experienced significant growth, not only by producing series in high demand within the Turkish World, Middle East, Balkans, and Caucasus, which can be considered its own cultural hinterland, but also by becoming a global exporter of TV series. In so much that Türkiye has become the world’s second largest TV series exporter after the US. This is a great historic and cultural breakthrough for Türkiye, a country that previously struggled to promote its own series and movies outside its borders. It is now time to consider to Turkish series as a fact, which have an important phenomenon in both Türkiye and the world, they hold focal position in various disciplines, ranging from sociology to international relations, from political science to the economy. Until now, there have been limited studies focusing on Turkish series, which was leading to a big gap in the literature. This work was born as a product of an academic study that to fill such gaps and to handle with an important phenomena in a multidimensional way. This study, which brings together academicians and experts from many disciplines, target to present an important reference work in the literature and also builds an academic field for the discussion of such an important issue on a national and global scale.

Cultural Power

Why is 'to be Western' or 'to be European' a form of praise?  Why is being a Muslim in the world treated as if it is a flaw that needs to be justified?  Why do the emerging urban, rural, impoverished, and worker segments in Turkey cling to a conservative and traditional cultural life while the intellectual, academic, and economic elites are Westernized? Why is a significant percentage of Turkey's cultural elite, from literature to the arts, from the media to academics, so alienated from the traditions and way of life of their own people? Why is it so difficult for the nationalist and conservative majority to raise scholars, singers, writers, and actors? Why do the few who have flourished encounter so many challenges? Why do Turkey's cultural and economic elites struggle with their self-confidence significantly when they travel to the West, but when they are at home, they represent the West's culture and ideals with excessive condescension? Why hasn't Turkey, as a country that prides itself on never being colonized in its history couldn't make its cultural life independent and democratic? Why are positive situations about Turks and Muslims discredited; negativities are exaggerated and thought to be experienced only in Turkey? Why do conservative nationalist segments have a huge self-confidence problem? In these and similar discussions, antagonistic language and tone were typically unavoidable due to the incompatibility of the subjects at issue and their distance from academic sensibility. With the idea that it is time for these talks to find an academic foundation, the book you are holding claims to be an intellectual intervention.