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Volume 32, Issue 2


Culture-specific features as determinants of news media use

Hasibe Gezduci
  • Junior Researcher and a Doctoral Candidate at the Centre for Media Culture & Communication Technology of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).
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  • Associate Professor at the Centre for Media Culture & Communication Technology of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and at the Department of Communication of the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands).
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Published Online: 2007-08-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COMMUN.2007.012


This article, which looks at exposure to and the use of host and home media by Turkish diaspora in Belgium, illustrates that media use is determined by cultural as well as socio-demographic features. By means of a quantitative survey among four hundred respondents of Turkish origin between the ages of eighteen and sixty, the use of host and home media (i. e., old and new) in general and news contents in particular were analyzed in relation to culture-specific features such as ethnic cultural position, religion, and command of language, alongside with socio-demographic features such as age, gender, education, years of residence and socio-economic status. Our investigation showed religion, ethnic-cultural position and command of the Turkish language to be the strongest determinants for home language news media use, while host language news media use was strongly determined by command of the Dutch or French language, length of residence and educational level. These findings, especially those pertaining to news use, bring nuance to a certain number of earlier findings with Turkish youngsters in the Netherlands and Flanders (12–19), whose media use was predominantly related to socio-demographics.

Keywords: Turkish diaspora; Flanders; home and host media preferences; religion; ethnic-cultural position; news media use

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Published Online: 2007-08-20

Published in Print: 2007-06-19

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 32, Issue 2, Pages 193–222, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COMMUN.2007.012.

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