Socio-spatial practices of the pro-kurdish municipalities : the case of Diyarbakir

Öztürk, Duygu Canan
The first election of the pro-Kurdish parties to the municipalities in Turkey was the 1999 local elections. It was the first time in Turkey that a legal political party representing the Kurdish movement overtook of a state institution ruling local power in the cities where Kurds live intensely. The fact that the pro-Kurdish parties have run the municipalities in Diyarbakır since 1999 has great effects on the space production in the city. This thesis mainly focuses on the socio-spatial practices of the pro-Kurdish municipalities in Diyarbakır (the Greater Municipality of Diyarbakır and its four district municipalities, namely Sur, Yenişehir, Bağlar and Kayapınar) since 1999. The major aim of the thesis is to reveal the roles of the municipalities in the production of space in Diyarbakır. The main hypothesis of this thesis is although all of the studied district municipalities are located within the borders of the Greater Municipality of Diyarbakır, run by the mayors who are the members of the pro-Kurdish party and supposed to act accordingly with the party’s local government policies, their spatial practices vary due to the local differences caused by uneven development. Hence, this thesis will try to find out the differences in the spatial practices of the district municipalities and the reasons behind them. Also, which policies they mostly concentrate on and how much they comply with the party policies will be revealed out.


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Citation Formats
D. C. Öztürk, “Socio-spatial practices of the pro-kurdish municipalities : the case of Diyarbakir,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.