CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC IN TURKEY AND PROTESTANT CULTURAL IDENTITY IN THE CONTEXT OF SOCIAL PENETRATION THEORY

Abstract

Author(s): U?ur ASLAN ?brahim Yavuz YKSELS?N

The aim of this study is observing how Protestant cultural identity is represented by global and local constituents in specific to Turkish Contemporary Christian Music. Although Turkish Christian Music includes the similar features with Contemporary Christian Music in which is shown up in United States of America, it also includes local elements such as lyrics, musical instruments and musical features like rhythm, vocal technique. In addition to this, factors of this music provide an important representation of identity among Turkish Christians which are quite a little. Identity that bears the difference between ‘Me’ and ‘Other’ or ‘Us’ and ‘Others’ is a concept that can be read as multilayer through social penetration theory that is developed by Almant and Taylor. Aforementioned each layer may represent different type of dimension of identity such as observable, psychological, invisible. For certain the other crucial element in creation of identity is culture. People create identities by cultural constituents of material and subjective culture. Contemporary Christian Music is a component that takes role in religious, cultural and social representation of Protestants and creation of cultural identity. As for that, Turkish Contemporary Christian Music as a kind that is fed by mainstream kinds and also at the same time is shaped by local factors, provides cultural belonging, cultural value and cultural association for Turkish Protestants.

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