The role of urban space in socialization and dissociation : demystification of public spaces

Uzunoğulları, Elif Ed
The literature related to urban space is full of scholarly writings which praise public spaces as the engenderer of identity, social integrity, and socialization. Within this thesis it is argued that public spaces do not necessarily render socialization possible. With respect to time, the very same public spaces manifest events that both give way to social behavior which may ends with either socialization and dissociation. For this end, it is utmost important to understand that what socialization really is. The backbone of this thesis is thus structured along the tenets of one earlier psychoanalytical school supported by environmental psychology. The Jungian perspective coupled with a behaviorist approach to environmental psychology suffices to come up with an appropriate understanding of the processes of socialization and dissociation. Since, space is taken as one of the contributors to behavior, socialization and dissociation are studied under the rubric of behavior in urban public spaces. It is at this point, one can observe the mystification of urban public places, as an indispensable component of socialization. However, as this thesis shows, this concept must be demystified, because urban public places only reveal possibilities of behavior and do not determine them.