The Arabesk Debate: Music and Musicians in Modern Turkey (Paperback)
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The Arabesk Debate describes the way in which Turkish musicians discuss, dispute, and attribute meanings to their music. Martin Stokes examines the debate over 'Arabesk', a musical genre popular throughout Turkey. His book is an ethnographic study of urban music-making in Istanbul, focusing on
the activities of professional musicians and their audiences in the city. Dr. Stokes looks at the Arabesk debate in the context of state cultural politics, Islam, and the experience of urbanization in Turkey. Within this context he discusses the role of the media, music education, the technology of popular music-making, the construction of gender and the emotions through
musical performance, and concepts of musicianship in Turkish society. In looking at the interplay between national cultural politics and urban music-making at a local level, this book challenges both 'mass culture' theory and more general assumptions about the study of music in society.
About the Author
Martin Stokes is King Endward Professor of Music at King's College, London.