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Title: The role of Turkish local radio in the construction of a youth community
Authors: Algan, Ece
Keywords: Turkey
Alternative media
Local media
Talk radio
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: © Intellect Ltd
Citation: ALGAN, E., 2005. The role of Turkish local radio in the construction of a youth community. Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 3 (2), pp.75-92
Abstract: This study investigates the role of Turkish commercial local radio in the construction of a youth community in the city of Sanliurfa, which is located in the poor rural south-eastern region near the Syrian border. Through in-depth interviews with radio listeners and analysis of their interactions via radio, this article also examines young people's attempts to overcome traditional restrictions and social norms through talk radio. By doing so, this study aims to highlight the social role of radio, which is often underestimated in media studies, and to challenge western-centric scholarship on talk radio, which ignores talk radio's role in community formation. By drawing on Downing's concept of radical media, Atton's definition of alternative media, and Couldry's theorization of the symbolic hierarchy of media power, this study will discuss why some local commercial stations in Sanliurfa function as alternative media for the Turkish youth and how they cross the boundary between the media and ordinary worlds to create a space for themselves.
Description: This paper is closed access.
Version: Closed access
DOI: 10.1386/rajo.3.2.75/1
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25451
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/rajo.3.2.75/1
ISSN: 1476-4504
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