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The Republic of Love : Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music - Martin Stokes

The Republic of Love

Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music

Paperback Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9780226775067
Number Of Pages: 280

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At the heart of "The Republic of Love" are the voices of three musicians--queer nightclub star Zeki Muren, "arabesk" originator Orhan Gencebay, and pop diva Sezen Aksu--who collectively have dominated mass media in Turkey since the early 1950s. Their fame and ubiquity have made them national icons--but, Martin Stokes here contends, they do not represent the official version of Turkish identity propagated by anthems or flags; instead they evoke a much more intimate and ambivalent conception of Turkishness.
Using these three singers as a lens, Stokes examines Turkey's repressive politics and civil violence as well as its uncommonly vibrant public life in which music, art, literature, sports, and journalism have flourished. However, Stokes's primary concern is how Muren, Gencebay, and Aksu's music and careers can be understood in light of theories of cultural intimacy. In particular, he considers their contributions to the development of a Turkish concept of love, analyzing the ways these singers explore the private matters of intimacy, affection, and sentiment on the public stage.

""The Republic of Love" is a wonderful book. Strikingly original, theoretically sophisticated, and brimming with ethnographic and analytical detail, it is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Turkish politics and culture of the second half of the twentieth century through its complex soundscape of crooning voices and sentimental songs. Stokes is a master at unpacking the 'cultural intimacy' of aspects of modern nationhood and personal identity that in the West are often thought of as polar opposites: civic virtue and lugubrious melancholy, democracy and intense emotionality, modernism and nostalgia. I love it."

--Veit Erlmann, University of Texas at Austin
"The Republic of Love" is a wonderful book. Strikingly original, theoretically sophisticated, and brimming with ethnographic and analytical detail, it is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Turkish politics and culture of the second half of the twentieth century through its complex soundscape of crooning voices and sentimental songs. Stokes is a master at unpacking the cultural intimacy of aspects of modern nationhood and personal identity that in the West are often thought of as polar opposites: civic virtue and lugubrious melancholy, democracy and intense emotionality, modernism and nostalgia. I love it.
--Veit Erlmann, University of Texas at Austin"
The Republic of Love is a wonderful book. Strikingly original, theoretically sophisticated, and brimming with ethnographic and analytical detail, it is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Turkish politics and culture of the second half of the twentieth century through its complex soundscape of crooning voices and sentimental songs. Stokes is a master at unpacking the cultural intimacy of aspects of modern nationhood and personal identity that in the West are often thought of as polar opposites: civic virtue and lugubrious melancholy, democracy and intense emotionality, modernism and nostalgia. I love it.
--Veit Erlmann, University of Texas at Austin"
TheRepublic of Loveis a work of great subtlety on a subject that lies at the heart of Turkish cultural and political history: popular music in Turkey .Readers familiar with Stokes s earlier work on Turkey would know that he has always been interested in drawing out the complex links between music, politics, and emotions. This analytic concern takes its boldest form in theRepublic of Love. Here Stokes convincingly argues that the elevation of Muren, Gencebay and Aksu into national icons involves more than an appreciation of the aesthetic elements crafted in their work (although their musical brilliance is important). His book unpacks the political conditions articulated with their mass popularity and underlines the critical role played by each artist in the public discourses of post-1950s Turkey. More importantly, the book shows how in the voices of these artists, and in their songs, lyrics, persona, and demeanour a broad Turkish audience finds a certain familiarity, something to affectively relate to. --Banu Senay "European Journal of Turkish Studies ""
The Republic of Love, more than any book I ve ever read, is a model for how to make music relevant to cultural studies and cultural studies theories relevant to thinking through music and the lives of musicians. --Eliot Bates "The World of Music ""
"A brilliant, compelling, and erudite study of key figures in Turkish popular music who have often been regarded with some embarrassment in official circles. Stokes ably demonstrates the critical importance of affect and sentimentality in their music, and how in turn these play a key role in contests over civility, urbanity, national identity, and globalization. The Republic of Love will not only help readers comprehend the centrality of Turkish popular music in creating affectionate views of public life, but should also inspire many readers to love the music itself."
--Ted Swedenburg, University of Arkansas
The Republic of Love, a cultural history of Turkey since 1950 told through its music, is a strikingly insightful analysis of the intricate ways in which popular musicians focal points of intense nostalgia, and voices of cultural intimacy, as [Martin Stokes] calls them have connected the private and public spheres of everyday life in Turkey, shaping an intimate as opposed to an official idea of the nation from the 1950s onwards, carrying society through a major urban transformation. --Alan Duben "New Perspectives on Turkey ""

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Note on Orthography, Notational Conventions, and Namesp. xiii
List of Illustrationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Zeki Müren: Sun of Art, Ideal Citizenp. 35
The Affectionate Modernism of Orhan Gencebayp. 73
Why Cry? Sezen Aksu's Diva Citizenshipp. 107
Three Versions of "Beloved Istanbul"p. 147
Conclusionp. 189
Sourcesp. 195
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780226775067
ISBN-10: 0226775062
Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32