Cultivating the nation : Ataturk’s experimental farm as an agent of social and cultural transformation

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Atatürk Forest Farm is a unique spatial practice representing the main philosophy of the Turkish Republic to create a new society by holding together modern agricultural and industrial production techniques, combining them with leisure activities and developing an urban farm. Eventually it is neither simply a land problem nor a heritage issue. Its being is evaluated as a conscious contribution for the cultural transformation of the Turkish nation. Therefore, its genesis is discussed in relation to the main definitions of culture in history: 1) cultivating nature with the idea of increasing the efficiency in products and lands; 2) cultivation of minds in relation to the education of human beings; 3) the process of social development; 4) meanings, values, ways of life; 5) practices which produce meanings and finally 6) the meshing of anthropological views linking the two definitions of ‘a way of life’ and ‘the production of meaning’ as a network of representations. The research has proved that there are very few experiments that might have some resemblance with Atatürk Forest Farm, however, its stance as a culture transformation agent is unique.


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A. D. Kaçar, “ Cultivating the nation : Ataturk’s experimental farm as an agent of social and cultural transformation ,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2010.