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European Journal of Cultural Studies

Critics, politics and cultural legitimation: An exploratory analysis of the Turkish film field

by Özgür Yaren & Irmak Karademir Hazır (2020)

Abstract:
In this article, we draw on the growing Euro-American literature on cultural recognition, legitimacy, and film criticism and focus on the classificatory struggles taking place in the Turkish film field. We content-analyze the criteria that critics deploy as they review films as recognized by different institutions and actors. Multiple correspondence analysis demonstrates that the distinction between artistic and commercial films is still very prominent. Moreover, the existence of political content in a film elevates its symbolic status, regardless of its production mode. To account for this peculiar finding, we explore a fraction of the reviews qualitatively. Our research contributes to the cultural legitimacy literature by crosschecking the effectiveness of recently posited trends and questioning the role of politics in the process of critical recognition in a specific national context located on the margins of Europe.

Keywords:
Cultural legitimacy, cultural recognition, film criticism, MCA, Turkey.

ToC:
Abstract
Introduction
Recognition in the field of film
Recent trends and film criticism
The field of film and recognition in the Turkish sociopolitical context
Mapping the film reviews: MCA
The role of politics in critical recognition
Conclusion
Notes
References.

(Corresponding Author: Özgür Yaren, İletişim Fakültesi, Ankara University, Cebeci, 06590 Ankara, Turkey. Email: yaren@ankara.edu.tr)

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Yaren, Özgür / Hazır, Irmak Karademir
Critics, politics and cultural legitimation: An exploratory analysis of the Turkish film field.
In: European Journal of Cultural Studies 23,4 (Aug 2020), pp. 611-629.
https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549418810079