Turkish Transnational Media in Melbourne: a Migrant Mediascape

Liza Hopkins

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The explosive rise in new forms of media and communications technologies has had a profound impact on the experiences of first-and second-generation migrants in multicultural societies. New possibilities for transcending old national understandings of community through the rise of globally linked networks of transnational ties invite closer examination. The globally dispersed Turkish diaspora uses a variety of new technologies to keep in touch with family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues across the globe. The networks arising through such activities have come to complement and sometimes to replace the traditional importance of face-to-face communities in the establishment of feelings of community, inclusion and belonging. A current research project in Melbourne has been investigating the Turkish community's use of both old and new media to establish, assert and consolidate their own sense of community, beyond the limiting national frames of Turkish, Australian or even Turkish-Australian identity constructs.

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Hopkins, Liza. Turkish Transnational Media in Melbourne: a Migrant Mediascape. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2009, vol.11, no.2, pp. 230-247, UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol11/issue2/art7

About the author:

Liza Hopkins is an ARC-funded postdoctoral research fellow currently working on a project investigating media use, community formation and identity among Australians of Turkish descent. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne (Australia) in 2000 with an ethnoarchaeological study of a settlement site in north-eastern Turkey. Since then she has been working at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, on a variety of projects investigating the intersections between new media, social inclusion and ethnic diversity. E-mail: LHopkins(at)groupwise.swin.edu.au

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