Television and the making of a transnational Alevi identity

Cetin K. B. E.

NATIONAL IDENTITIES, vol.20, no.1, pp.91-103, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14608944.2016.1247260
  • Title of Journal : NATIONAL IDENTITIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.91-103


Satellite broadcasting technologies contribute a great deal to interaction across national boundaries, and in this regard satellite television is significant in the construction of a transnational public sphere for the Alevi community in Turkey and abroad. This paper addresses the role of television in the making of that transnational Alevi identity. In particular, it focuses on the flow and the programme contents of Cem TV and Yol TV, two leading Alevi channels, to demonstrate how the transnational imagination of Alevi identity corresponds to different political understandings of Aleviness.