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Communicative Analysis of a Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey

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A failed coup attempt occurred in Turkey on 15 July 2016. This incident has generated three significant results in terms of communication. Firstly, it has proved that there is a symbiosis, rather than a contrast, between the traditional and new media. Secondly, it has demonstrated that different communication technologies can assume various roles during the stages of a movement. Thirdly, it has revealed that mosques can serve as a unique communication network. This chapter attempts, on one side, to explore why the failed coup attempt has a communicative character and, on the other side, to investigate how different communication technologies played various roles during the stages of this event. The role of mosques in the coup attempt is examined under a separate heading. Finally, both the coup attempt and protests against it are considered in their own social context since each protest movement occurs within a particular context.


  • Turkey
  • Coup attempt
  • Traditional and new media
  • Sala
  • FaceTime
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Kıyan, Z., Törenli, N. (2018). Communicative Analysis of a Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey. In: Servaes, J. (eds) Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change. Springer, Singapore.

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