Reading Turkish urbanisation through socio-economic residential segregation in 15 cities

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2014
Ataç, Ela
In Turkey where segregation reveals itself in many forms, such as regional inequalities, socio-economic differences, and ethnic and cultural divisions, understanding the nature of segregation is, no doubt, an important and worthy effort by itself. Nevertheless, there are very few studies dealing directly with the question of segregation in Turkey and even these studies have not yet addressed the question of segregation in the cities other than the greater metropolises such as İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir. The thesis shows, for instance, that much we know about the Turkish urbanisation, industrialisation and the effective social, economic and cultural dynamics in these processes are in the context of the major cities and there is almost nowhere an understanding that different urban processes, a different set of coalition among the agents in different urban settings might lead to a different story of urban development in Turkey. However, the unique industrialisation experience of the so-called Anatolian Tigers in the late 1980s seems to be a strong evidence to think about the existence of indigenous urban processes which may not fit the patterns offered for the practices of the major cities. The main argument of the thesis is structured around the claim that the peculiarities of urban processes at work in Turkey can be read and understood through socio-economic residential segregation in different cities. In doing so, the thesis deems it crucial to shed light on the rare-known part of the country, a larger Anatolian geography, and examine residential segregation in 15 cities with different urban dynamics namely Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Konya, Mersin and Samsun. Moreover, the period examined in the thesis is the year of 2000, the beginning of what is defined as the "great transformation" in the country and this provides an opportunity to get the final snap-shot of Turkish cities before the transformation.

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E. Ataç, “Reading Turkish urbanisation through socio-economic residential segregation in 15 cities,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2014.