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This article reviews the state of popular music studies in Turkey in comparison to IASPM's Anglo-American history of popular music studies. The main focus is on the similarities and dissimilarities in studies based on shifts in paradigms: firstly the shift from the sociology of arabesk music in Turkey and sociology of rock music in the Anglo-American popular music studies, to the sociology of popular music; secondly, a parallel shift in theoretical premises, from Marxism to postmodern theories.doi:10.5429/2079-3871(2011)v2i1-2.6en fatcat:ag7prguaungtjkyk4rj4oxo6hy