This book argues that, as a popular text, the Turkish television series Valley of the Wolves: Ambush functions as a site for consent production for foreign policies formed by the AKP within the last decade, through a process of reproduction of state identities, ideologies, and discourses at the level of narrative. This book positions its argument in two fields: Turkish Foreign Policy (TFP) studies and Popular Culture and World Politics within the larger International Relations context. It is interdisciplinary in nature as it also makes use of theories around popular culture. It advances works within these fields by focusing on a particular national context and offer an original analysis on Turkey. While doing so, it employs discourse analysis. It also teases out some of the complexities of the nature and implications of representation of the TFP by using critical reception. Together with an analysis of the critical reception of the television series, political discourses around foreign policy is examined in line with the ways in which these policies are depicted and reproduced by the series. This leads to an intertextual reading of Turkish state identity and security imaginary and a critical examination of the TFP in the last decade from a Constructivist perspective.
Umut Yukaruç is lecturer at Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University.
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1 Theoretical Framework
Chapter 2 Historical Background of Turkish Politics
Chapter 3 The Security Imaginary in the Era of the AKP: Three Representations
Chapter 4 The Case of Valley of the Wolves: Ambush
Chapter 5 VoW: Ambush and the Representation of Turkey as the Leader of the Middle East
Chapter 6 VoW: Ambush and the Representation of Turkey as the Defender of the Oppressed
Chapter 7 VoW: Ambush and the Representation of Self-Confident Turkey
About the Author
In this compelling volume, Umut Yukaruç advances the field of popular culture and world politics beyond the West. He persuasively demonstrates how popular culture matters to politics in Turkey by analyzing how television series like Valley of the Wolves produce and reproduce the ideology of the AKP. In doing so, Yukaruç raises important questions about contemporary hegemony, foreign policy practices, and the future of Turkey.