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Protectionism and rapprochement in Turkish higher music education: An analysis of the mission and vision statements of conservatoires and university music departments in the Republic of Turkey

Parkinson, Tom, Muslu Gardner, Olcay (2020) Protectionism and rapprochement in Turkish higher music education: An analysis of the mission and vision statements of conservatoires and university music departments in the Republic of Turkey. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, . ISSN 1474-0222. E-ISSN 1741-265X. (doi:10.1177/1474022220983255) (KAR id:84511)

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Abstract

Music education institutions have played a prominent role in mediating national identity in the Republic of Turkey since its founding in 1923. Initially tasked with suppressing Ottoman heritage, their nature and status changed with the ascendance of political Islam, when interest in Turkey’s Ottoman past grew and the Western aesthetics of the founding elite were increasingly contested. While music education continues to be a site of national identity construction in Turkey, no studies focus on the ideological climate of music education in the era of the Justice and Development Party, who have heralded a ‘New Turkey’ rooted in conservative Islam. We explore the discursive terrain of Turkish music education by analysing the mission and vision statements and other website texts of 71 conservatoires and music departments. Our findings reveal protectionist attitudes towards repertoires and traditions associated with competing nationalist visions, but also an emergent, reconciliatory structure of feeling and advocacy for pluralism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1474022220983255
Uncontrolled keywords: Music education, ideology, values, Turkey, neocolonialism, postcolonialism, structures of feeling
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Thomas Parkinson
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 18:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84511 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Parkinson, Tom: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0990-9507
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