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Turkish Awakening Behind the Scenes of Modern Turkey by Alev Scott
  

Turkish Awakening Behind the Scenes of Modern Turkey

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From the European buzz of modern-day Constantinople to the Arabic-speaking towns of the south-east, this book investigates mass migration, urbanisation and economics in a country moving swiftly towards a new position on the world stage. Threatened as it is by recent developments in Syria and Iraq and the approaching danger of ISIS. Encompassing topics as varied as Aegean camel wrestling, transgender prostitution, politicised soap operas and riot tourism, this is a revelatory, at times humorous, at times moving, portrait of a country which is coming of age.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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’.
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Turkish Awakening Behind the Scenes of Modern Turkey by Alev Scott

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.

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

2nd April 2015

Author

Alev Scott

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Author's Website

turkishawakening.com/

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Travel
The Real World
History
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Travel writing

ISBN

9780571296583

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