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Roma people of Turkey re-write their cinematographic images

by Ozan Uştuk & Ayça Tunç Cox (2020)

 

Abstract:
The historical construction of the Roma image in Turkey, via both official and unofficial narratives, has constituted a derogatory repertoire. Their portrayal in the mainstream Turkish cinema and TV in particular has contributed to the predominant imaginary in circulation which essentially is based on common binaries and stereotypes. In order to challenge prevailing stereotypes about the Roma, we have conducted a transformative action research project with the Roma people of the Sıra district in İzmir, Turkey, who volunteered to make their own films. This article provides an account of this community filmmaking project. Locating the Roma in the conceptual framework of subalternity, we ultimately investigate whether it is possible to talk about agency in regard to the Roma people of Turkey.

Keywords:
Roma people of Turkey, community filmmaking, auto-ethnography, subaltern, agency, ethnic identity.

ToC:
Introduction
Locating the Roma
Imagining the Roma in Turkey
A community filmmaking project
Conclusion
Notes
References.

(Corresponding Author: Ayça Tunç Cox, Industrial Design, Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey. Email: tunc_ayca@hotmail.com)

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Uştuk, Ozan / Tunç Cox, Ayça
Roma people of Turkey re-write their cinematographic images.
In: Ethnicities 20,3 (Jun 2020), pp. 501-519.
https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796819890463

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