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“Cultural Action” as Mode of Domination: Islamic Businessmen’s International Trade Fair and Configurations of Turkey’s Cultural Model

  • Dilek Yankaya
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Abstract

This chapter questions the diversification of actors and spaces of the elaboration of a specific “cultural action” model through the analysis of an international event organized by businessmen. The Association of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen (Müstakil Sanayici ve İsṃadamları Derneği, MÜSIAD), the representative of Turkish Islamic businessmen close to the power elite, organized its 15th International Fair in November 2014 in Istanbul. International fairs are complex events whose political configurations count as much as business objectives. Their study shows that international economic action is not politically neutral, neither in relation to its objectives nor in relation to its practices. Backed by the government, MÜSIAD’s industrial exposition serves to display the Justice and Development Party’s power and becomes a vector of international circulation of the new dominant cultural model of Turkey.

Keywords

Cultural action Cultural model Islamic repertories Imaginary Ethnography of international trade Industrial exhibition Transnational Islamic elite MÜSIAD AKP Turkey 

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  • Dilek Yankaya
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  1. 1.Research Fellow ERC TaricaUniversité Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne / LADYSSParisFrance

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