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Social Media in Southeast Turkey

Costa, E; (2016) Social Media in Southeast Turkey. [Book]. Why we post. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This book presents an ethnographic study of social media in Mardin, a medium-sized town located in the Kurdish region of Turkey. The town is inhabited mainly by Sunni Muslim Arabs and Kurds, and has been transformed in recent years by urbanisation, neoliberalism and political events. Elisabetta Costa uses her 15 months of ethnographic research to explain why public-facing social media is more conservative than offline life. Yet, at the same time, social media has opened up unprecedented possibilities for private communications between genders and in relationships among young people – Costa reveals new worlds of intimacy, love and romance. She also discovers that, when viewed from the perspective of people’s everyday lives, political participation on social media looks very different to how it is portrayed in studies of political postings separated from their original complex, and highly socialised, context.

Type: Book
Title: Social Media in Southeast Turkey
ISBN-13: 9781910634547
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781910634547
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.14324/111.9781910634547
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Elisabetta Costa, 2016 Images © Elisabetta Costa, 2016. This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Keywords: Kinship, Politics, Social media, Turkey
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474828
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