Migrant Media

Migrant Media

Turkish Broadcasting and Multicultural Politics in Berlin
Kira Kosnick
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/12/2007
Format: Paperback 3 b&w photos, 3 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-21937-4
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In this innovative and thought-provoking study, Kira Kosnick explores the landscape of Turkish-language broadcasting in Berlin. From 24-hour radio broadcasting in Turkish to programming on Germany's national public broadcasting and local public access channels, Germany's largest immigrant minority has made its presence felt in German media. Satellite dishes have appeared in migrant neighborhoods all over the city, giving viewers access to Kurdish channels and broadcasts from Turkey. Kosnick draws on interviews with producers, her own participation in production work, and analysis of programs to elaborate a new approach to "migrant media" in relation to the larger cultural and political spaces through which immigrant life is imagined and created.

Author Bio

Kira Kosnick is Junior Professor of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.


“[D]irectly addresses a burgeoning field of inquiry concerned with multiculturalism in Europe and the formation of transnational public spheres. . . . [A] model of clarity and rigor in its arguments, and the case study material is presented in a sympathetic and engaging way.”
 — Martin Stokes, University of Chicago

“This book makes an excellent contribution to existing scholarly literatures on media and migration in Europe [and also] helps to define a new subfield in the anthropology of media, which I might call 'migrant media' in comparison with the literature on 'indigenous media' from the 1980s and 1990s.”
 — Dominic Boyer, Cornell University

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. The History of Broadcasting for Migrants in Germany
3. Foreign Voices—Migrant Representation on Radio MultiKulti
4. The Gap between Culture and Cultures
5. Bringing the Nation Back In: Media Nationalism between Local and Transnational Articulations
6. Coping with "Extremism": Migrant Television Production on Berlin's Open Channel
7. Signifying with a Difference: Migrant Mediations in Local and Transnational Contexts
8. Conclusion