Yıl 2021, Cilt 4, Sayı 1

East Wıthın the East: Representatıon of Syrıan Identıty ın Twıtter as a Form of Self-Orıentalısm

Merve Zeynep SARIBEK 


Turkey has faced a major refugee crisis after the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War. Turkey is currently hosting 3.6 million Syrian refugees. The growing number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has raised a problem of social integration and representation. Hate speech towards Syrians has proliferated on platforms such as Twitter. At the heart of this digital discourse there is an influence of neo-orientalist refugee representation that dominate the Western media. The West has closed its doors to refugees from the Islamic geography defined as “dangerous and the other” by the neo-orientalism. Refugees are left out as “unidentified others” of the new world. The concept of “other” in self-orientalist approach has been combined with Zygmunt Bauman’s conceptualization of stranger. Bauman’s definition of “stranger” in which he integrates the term of “refugee” also appears in the self-orientalist discourse adopted on Twitter. The orientalist perspective internalized in Turkey, especially after the westernization process, adopts this Western discourse. This discourse is reflected most intensely on social media. In the study, the self-orientalist discourses of the middle class, educated and young pro-sumers towards Syrian identity on Twitter were examined through tweets. The study aims to reveal how the self-orientalist discourse towards refugees is represented through digital media and to define the stereotypes that negatively affect the social integration of the refugees.
Self-orientalism, Stranger, Syrian Identity, Discourse, Twitter
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Orcid: 0000-0002-3006-9346
Yazar: Merve Zeynep SARIBEK (Sorumlu Yazar)
Kurum: Beykent Üniversitesi
Ülke: Turkey


Tarihler Yayımlanma Tarihi : 30 Nisan 2021
APA Sarıbek, M . (2021). East Within the East: Representation of Syrian Identity in Twitter as a Form of Self-Orientalism . Uluslararası Medya ve İletişim Araştırmaları Hakemli Dergisi , 4 (1) , 117-144 . DOI: 10.33464/mediaj.877659