Turkish Cultural Policies in a Global World

  • Muriel Girard
  • Jean-François Polo
  • Clémence Scalbert-Yücel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Muriel Girard, Jean-François Polo, Clémence Scalbert-Yücel
    Pages 1-22
  3. The Kemalist Legacy

  4. Cultural Policy Under the AKP’s Leadership

  5. Territorial Cultural Policies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-264

About this book


This book provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the production of Turkish cultural policies in the context of globalization and of the circulation of knowledge and practices. Focusing on circulations, the book proposes an innovative approach to the transfer of cultural policies, considering them in terms of co-production and synchrony. This argument is developed through an examination of circulations at the international, national, and local levels; employing original empirical data and case study analyses. 

Divided into three parts the book first examines the Kemalist legacy, before turning to the cultural policies developed under the AKP’s leadership, and concludes by investigating the production of cultural policies in the outlying regions of Turkey. The authors shed new light on the particular importance of culture to the understanding of the societal upheavals in contemporary Turkey. By considering exchanges as circulations rather than one-way impositions, this book also advances our understanding of how territories are (re)defined by culture and makes a significant contribution to the interrogation of the concept of “Westernization”. 

This book brings into clear focus the reconfigurations currently taking place in Turkish cultural policy, demonstrating that while they are driven by the ruling party, they are also the work of civil society actors. It convincingly argues that an authoritarian turn need not necessarily spell the end of the cultural scene, and highlights the innovative adaptations and resistance strategies used in this context. This book will appeal to students and scholars of public policy, sociology and cultural studies.


cultural policy music festivals Secularized culture Turkish national art and culture Ministry for Culture İstanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı (İKSV) cultural management Europeanization globalization policy transfer post-Ottoman culture culture and nation building Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Turkish humanism Ottoman heritage ISMEK Turkishness Müsiad rural heritage turkish folk culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Muriel Girard
    • 1
  • Jean-François Polo
    • 2
  • Clémence Scalbert-Yücel
    • 3
  1. 1.École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille Member of INAMA Research LaboratoryMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Sciences Po Rennes-ARENES (UMR 6051)RennesFrance
  3. 3.Institute of Arab and İslamic StudiesUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

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