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Rescaling of social relations towards subnational regional space : an investigation of Turkish case

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2006
Gündoğdu, İbrahim
In the last thirty years, capitalist social relation on the one hand, created a world that is interconnected in the means of economic and political; on the other hand, produced differentiated and fragmented uneven spaces. In this context, social theory has interested in space and spatial differences, and inserted space into analysis of social relations for some time. In this thesis, the current issue of the construction of subnational regional space is explored through a conceptual approach in which space is included in social theory. Methodologically, a non-dualistic social analysis is considered and the notion of space is attempted to incorporate into this analysis. In this extent, David Harvey’s historical-geographical approach, Dick Bryan’s identification of capital fractions with different spatial forms of circuit of capital within the capital accumulation process and Jamie Gough’s considerations of economic and political relations with scalar aspects are used. The thesis evaluated the law on the Regional Development Agencies and arguments on regional development and regional governance as the process of construction of subnational regional space, and examined the struggle for setting up of Regional Development Agencies within Turkish state. In this framework, thesis came to the conclusion that the changes in the scale of social relations is associated with changes in power relations among social agents, developed through class struggle, and articulated by political projects.