Entrenching geopolitical imaginations: brand(ing) Turkey through Orhan Pamuk

Cagri Yalkin, Lerna K. Yanik

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This study focuses on how through consumers, the market reproduces a discourse that aligns with the political and the cultural spheres. By drawing on fields of production and consumption, we turn to how both Turkey as a nation-brand and Orhan Pamuk as a cultural producer are produced and consumed at the nexus of political and cultural fields. Based on the analysis of data comprising of interviews with Orhan Pamuk and Amazon consumer reviews of his work, we argue that the consumers of Pamuk’s works duplicate and reiterate dualities that have come to represent Turkey. This highlights the role of cultural products as nation-brand makers and the markets as where arts and politics intersect. We suggest that cultural products serve as vehicles through which existing perceptions and real and perceived global political hierarchies are reproduced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of International Relations and Development
Early online date2 Aug 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Aug 2018


  • Nation-brands
  • Cultural consumption
  • Critical geopolitics
  • Markets
  • Turkey


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