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A village ın the cıty? : Place-making and gentrification in Kuzguncuk, İstanbul

Altınok, Ezgi
Kuzguncuk is small-scale historic and a gentrified neighbourhood located in Üsküdar, Istanbul. Kuzguncuk is considered as a village by its residents even though it is a very central and urban neighbourhood. This thesis aims to analyse village reference in Kuzguncuk and how village reference is a medium for place-making process in the neighbourhood. In order to analyse village reference, the narrative of multicultural past and the narrative of the mahalle will be focused to uncover the relationship between village-reference and place-making process. Later, this thesis will situate place-making process and village reference to gentrification debate. Gentrification is still a ‘hot’ topic that changes by the restructuring of urban systems. In this vein, re-gentrification of already gentrified neighbourhoods has become a subject to the discussion. Kuzguncuk will be elaborated within the new gentrification debates. The data of the thesis is collected by six month ethnographic field-work and will be analysed through the narratives.