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Technology and National Identity in Turkey: Mobile Communications and the Evolution of a Post-Ottoman Nation

Technology and National Identity in Turkey: Mobile Communications and the Evolution of a Post-Ottoman Nation
Burce Celik

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Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has seen a complete re-imagining of its political, cultural and social landscape. Burce A elik argues that technology has been integral to this transformative process, showing how take-up of modern technologies, such as the cell or mobile phone, has been embraced particularly by those who most easily absorbed new ideals about Turkey and modern Turkishness. While many studies on the cultural significance of mobile technology focus on its rational uses and incentives, A elik draws on cultural theory, psychoanalysis and the philosophy of technology to explore the bonds, desires and dependencies that Turkish citizens have in relation to the cell phone. She ultimately links a collective post-empire melancholia with a desire to re-imagine a new, ideal Turkish national identity through technology.

Author Info

Burce Celik is Assistant Professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Communication at Bahcesehir University, Turkey. She obtained her PhD from the Department of Art History and Communications at McGill University, Canada.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Cultural Studies

ISBN: 9781848854291
Publication Date: 29 Aug 2011
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 12 integrated bw

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