Forum for Contemporary Turkish Representations of America: Occidentalist Discourse in a Virtual Community

Gündüz A.

JMMA, vol.28, no.3, pp.343-353, 2008 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13602000802547914
  • Journal Name: JMMA
  • Journal Indexes: Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.343-353
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


This essay examines whether there is a predominant Occidentalist discourse in the columns of writers. At a time when “The Clash of Civilizations” is so widely discussed and wars are justified in these terms, how people from different cultures see each other gains importance. Edward Said, Rana Kabbani and Mary Louise Pratt are among the most notable scholars who have investigated how biased one culture could be in representing another culture. British travel writing on Turkey taken into account, we see that the Orientalist discourse still predominates the genre in 1980s and 1990s. On the other hand, it is also possible to talk about the reverse of this tendency: Occidentalism. The website is a Turkish “virtual community” which provides an opportunity to see how people from Turkey see America and how they represent America and American culture in their web postings.