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Born in London to a Turkish mother and British father, Alev Scott moved to Istanbul to discover what it means to be Turkish in a country going through rapid political and social change, with an extraordinary past still linked to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and an ever more surprising present under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. From the European buzz of modern-day Constantinople to the Arabic-speaking towns of the south-east, Turkish Awakening investigates mass migration, urbanisation and economics in a country moving swiftly towards a new position on the world stage. This is the story of discovering a complex country from the outside-in, a candid account of overturned preconceptions and fresh understanding. Relating wide-ranging interviews and colourful personal experience, the author charts the evolving course of a country bursting with surprises - none more dramatic than the unexpected political protests of 2013 in Taksim Square, which have brought to light the emerging demands of a newly awakened Turkish people. Mass migration, urbanisation and a growing awareness of human rights have changed the social, economic and physical landscapes of a powerful country, and the 2013 protests were just one indication of the changes afoot in today's Turkey.
The seismic shifts that followed the Arab Spring are still affecting the region, no more so than in Turkey, which has postponed its EU membership application. Freelance journalist Alev Scott moved to Istanbul in 2011 to record the coming of age of a country wrestling with an identity crisis and finding its place in the 21st century. Her timing could not have been more fortuitous as she was able to observe at first hand the political and cultural crisis that culminated in the protest movement of 2013, and which might determine the future of the self-proclaimed ‘moderate Islamic democracy’.
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Faber & Faber Non-Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber
|Publication date:||2nd April 2015|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber Non-Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, History, The Real World, Travel,|
Alev Scott was born in London in 1987 to a Turkish mother and a British father, and educated at North London Collegiate School and New College, Oxford, where she studied Classics. After graduating in 2009, she worked in London as an assistant director in theatre and opera before moving to Istanbul in January 2011, where she now works as a freelance journalist for the British press.More About Alev Scott