A qualitative case study of the impact of socio-cultural factors on prominent Turkish writers

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dc.contributor.advisor Knight , Stephanie en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Hill , Rodney en_US
dc.creator Gunersel , Adalet Baris en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010 -01 -15T00 :13 :20Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T19 :33 :39Z
dc.date.available 2010 -01 -15T00 :13 :20Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T19 :33 :39Z
dc.date.created 2008 -08 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009 -05 -15 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2961
dc.description.abstract This study investigates socio -cultural factors that impact the lives of highly creative writers , specifically , novelists in a specific socio -cultural context , Turkey . Research objectives included the investigation of the definition of creativity , creative processes and products by highly creative Turkish writers , and socio -cultural factors that influenced the development of their creativity . The qualitative case study was used and interviews with four participants , or cases , shed light onto the focus of the study . Four novelists who fit certain criteria were selected : (a ) they have invented , designed , and produced creative work regularly and their work has influenced Turkish literature ; (b ) they were Turkish citizens who have lived 75 % of their lives in Turkey and received their education in Turkey ; and (c ) they varied in age and gender . The participants were Ya ?ar Kemal (85 , male ) , Adalet A ?ao ?lu (81 , female ) , Mario Levi (51 , male ) , and Latife Tekin (51 , female ) . Interviews with the participants were transcribed , translated from Turkish into English , and analyzed . The constant comparative method (Glaser & Strauss , 1967 ; Lincoln & Guba , 1985 ) was used as the method of analysis . Other documents about the participants were also used as data sources . Results indicate that participants ? views of creativity resemble both Western and non -Western views of creativity and their views of creative processes and products are similar to former research findings on creative individuals and creativity in general . Overarching themes include (a ) environmental catalysts that prompted creativity ; (b ) emotional and professional support networks in participants ? lives ; and (c ) participants ? self -efficacy . Although environmental catalysts include events that cause both positive and negative emotions , two of the participants emphasize the role of negative feelings , such as anger and sadness , in the stimulation of creativity . The participants have had various sources of support from either certain individuals , such as a teacher or a friend , or groups of individuals , such as their readers . Participants ? self -efficacy emerges from various personality traits such as determination , persistence , rebelliousness , outspokenness , and independence . Findings indicate that education is an important socio -cultural factor that can enhance or hinder creativity and that teachers have a crucial role in the development of their students . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.format.mimetype application /pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.subject creativity en_US
dc.title A qualitative case study of the impact of socio -cultural factors on prominent Turkish writers en_US
dc.type Book en
dc.type.genre Electronic Dissertation en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
dc.format.digitalOrigin born digital en_US


A qualitative case study of the impact of socio-cultural factors on prominent Turkish writers. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2961 .

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