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Football in Turkey

Edited By Müge Demir and Ahmet Talimciler

The book presents a collection of papers on a wide range of football issues.

Football is a complex and dynamic phenomenon that needs to be examined in various social and historical contexts. It is influenced by social, economic, political and cultural factors while it also affects social life. As a miniature model of social life, football can almost be regarded as a magical game in the sense that it includes several indicators which provide us with the opportunity to collect information about the events taking place. The methods of analyzing and solving problems experienced on football fields and in social life should broaden the perspective, focusing on all actors of football.

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Football Supporters’ Alternative Media in Turkey: A Contestation Attempt of Media Power (Altug Akın)


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Assis. Prof. Altug Akın, PhD1

Football Supporters’ Alternative Media in Turkey: A Contestation Attempt of Media Power


British media scholars Nick Couldry and James Curran’s 2003 work Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World is devoted to a comprehensive study of diverse forms of contestations, directed towards a new form of power, which they define as “media power”. According to their conceptualization, the term media power is used “to point to how other powerful forces use intermediate mechanism of media to wage their battles” (Couldry & Curran, 2003, p. 3). In this context, the media mechanism may be composed of press reports, television coverage, web pages etc., while the battles concerned may be between big business and labour, the old professional/class elite and new cultural elites, and so on. Couldry and Curran point out that the media’s representation power has constituted a separate power in contemporary society, distinct from the prevailing powers, and they argue that it should be understood as such, in contrast to the liberal tradition that grants the role of the fourth estate to the media, which is charged with keeping other powers under control. Indeed, they claim that “media power is itself part of what power watchers need to watch” (Couldry & Curran, 2003, p. 4).

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