On the trajectory of urbanisation in Turkey - An attempt at periodisation

The main objective of this article is to provide a periodisation of the Turkish urban experience by dividing it into three distinct phases: the urbanisation of the state in the context of nation-state formation; the urbanisation of labour power in the context of rapid migration from rural areas; and finally the urbanisation of capital in the context of globalisation. The article argues that recent trends point to a striking socio-spatial polarisation as well as to fragmentation in the Turkish cities.


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Citation Formats
H. T. Şengül, “On the trajectory of urbanisation in Turkey - An attempt at periodisation,” INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING REVIEW, pp. 153–168, 2003, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/34270.