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GülenThe Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World$
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Joshua D. Hendrick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770986

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770986.001.0001

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Manufacturing Consent

Manufacturing Consent

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(p.174) 7 Manufacturing Consent
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Gülen
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Joshua D. Hendrick

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770986.003.0008

This chapter examines how the Gülen Movement (GM) has successfully mobilized in the Turkish media and its efforts to persuade Turkish society via the so-called manufactured consent. It begins by discussing Turkish media in relation to Muslim politics, the erosion of monopoly in the country's print and broadcast media, and the Feza Media Group's impact on Turkish journalism. It then considers the GM media's two goals aimed at maintaining their legitimacy as a part of a distinctly “nonpolitical” social project. First, they must appeal to a Turkish public in terms that bridge social conservatism with international neo-liberalism. Second, they must frame their objectives so as to normalizes the ongoing shift from old to new power in Turkey. It also describes how the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi's (Justice and Development Party) efforts in foreign policy to broaden Turkey's bilateral relations with regional neighbors, and with developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia greatly favor GM-affiliated business interests worldwide.

Keywords:   media, Gülen Movement, manufactured consent, Muslim politics, monopoly, Feza Media Group, social conservatism, neo-liberalism, Turkey, Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi

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