The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music

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At the heart of The Republic of Love are the voices of three musicians—queer nightclub star Zeki Müren, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChicago
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
ISBN (Print)9780226775067
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Ethnomusicology, cultural intimacy, Middle East


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