Social stratification and consumption profiles of Ankara :A case study in Ankara Residential Areas

Akpınar, Figen
This dissertation attempts to develop a social stratification model considering its spatial dimension for the households in the city of Ankara. The spatiality of social class has rarely been in the agenda of scholars and has not been explored empirically. For this reason, the study aims to test the hypothesis that social segregation in Turkish cities is empirically measurable and manifests itself in the common patterns of behaviours and similar conditioning of existence in the urban space. The focus of attention of the thesis is based on the relationship between the material inequalities of different social strata within its territorial context. If a class becomes a social reality, this must be shown in the formation of common patterns of behaviour and attitude, and manifests itself in urban space. In short the scope of the study is a twofold: Thesis questions are: (1) how and upon what basis social groups and strata can be located in the economic and socio-cultural structure of the society. This part of the study deals with the objective ء̕set̕̕ of criteria; thesis question (2) whether the same coherency can be coincided in the space. This part deals with the analysis of the spatial dimension of social ء̕class̕̕ which means segregation. Thesis findings provide sufficient evidence that the differences stemmed from the material possessions and consumption patterns of the urban households cannot be understood by employing the conventional instruments as such rural/urban, traditional/modern as the division of axes. New conceptualisation urgently is needed and consumption studies offer prospective and highly potential issue.


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Citation Formats
F. Akpınar, “Social stratification and consumption profiles of Ankara :A case study in Ankara Residential Areas,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2005.