Prof. Aslı Tunç presented at the Conference “Turkish TV Series ‘Diziler’: Production, Representations, and Reception in the Mediterranean in Paris, FRANCE

Affiche_Series_turques_FR_1Prof. Aslı Tunç presented a paper, titled, “The Turkish Version of the American Dream: The Representation of Social Mobility and Class in Medcezir (Tide)” on October 18, 2014.

sunum1In the Turkish drama, Medcezir (Tide), Yaman, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks finds himself in a wealthy suburb of Istanbul. Medcezir as the loose adaptation of the American series, The OC, revolves around the issues of social mobility and class. Yaman with his personal struggle against his delinquent past is instantly perceived as a threat to an extravagant life style and consumption. Social mobility in Medcezir is portrayed as merely leaving one class station for another, more desirable place in life. In this context, the way in which Medcezir presents the winners and losers in the class hierarchy, has been worth investigating under the light of American Dream.

IMG_6061In this paper German sociologist Ulrich Beck’s analysis of contemporary society where social problems formerly attributed to class inequality are now “transformed into … personal failure” and “are perceived as social only indirectly and to a limited extent” has been used. In this presentation, also Bourdieu’s The Weight of the World: Social Suffering in Contemporary Society has been used to analyze Medcezir from the aspect of the term, ‘symbolic capital’ where it refers to one’s social status and reputation. Symbolic capital plays a role in facilitating or hindering one’s access to social spaces since it functions “to keep undesirable persons and things at a distance” both physically and symbolically. Since social mobility is also spatial mobility, the way setting is used in the serial has also been analyzed.

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