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Economics: Commodification and Consumption: Turkey
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In a consumer society, identities are expressed through the medium of consumer goods. For example, secularist and Islamist identities in contemporary Turkey are seen to a large extent as products of consumer culture. Research in this field shows that the identity politics of secularists and Islamists in the 1980s and 1990s was involved with a history of commodification (Navaro-Yashin 2002). “The veil” and “Atatürk” have become central signifiers in the contemporary politics of identity over the last two decades.

Since the mid-1980s, economic and political changes at the gl…

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Schroeder, Süheyla Kirca, “Economics: Commodification and Consumption: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0228c>
First published online: 2009

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