Embodied elders: space and subjectivity in the music of Metin-Kemal Kahraman

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Neyzi, Leyla (2002) Embodied elders: space and subjectivity in the music of Metin-Kemal Kahraman. Middle Eastern studies, 38 (1). pp. 89-109. ISSN 1743-7881 (electronic) 0026-3206 (paper)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/714004432


Using the case of the music group Metin-Kemal Kahraman, this article suggests that studies of hybrid identities and fractured subjectivities highlight the constructedness of presumably original singular identities in Turkey, whether national or counter-national. Addressing the revival of Alevi identity, it argues that a legacy of oral poetry and music acted as a link between the assimilationist generation of the early Republic, the leftist generation of the 1970s and the contemporary generation rediscovering Alevism in the context of neo-liberal globalization. It suggests that, performing in transnational space, Metin-Kemal Kahraman achieve a link to the multicultural space of Dersim in eastern Turkey in their imaginary and thereby to the elders they rejected as youths.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Metin-Kemal Kahraman; Alevi Identity; Oral Poetry; Music; Neo-liberal Globalization; Multiculturalism
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ID Code:309
Deposited By:Leyla Neyzi
Deposited On:21 Jun 2007 03:00
Last Modified:17 Sep 2019 16:04

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