THE MAKING OF INDUSTRIAL SUBJECTS IN SPACES OF WORK, LIVING AND COLLECTIVITY: ESKİŞEHİR 1923-1980

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2021-4
Tülce Uman, Ayten Hüma
State-based industry in Eskişehir was introduced by state-owned factories in the second quarter of the twentieth century. Accordingly, three large-scale industries, the railway factory, the sugar factory, and the Sümerbank print factory, were founded or developed by the Turkish state. In line with these developments, the city began to be transformed through industrialization, migration, and urbanization. Between 1950 and 1980, the industrial workers in Eskişehir began to find their own voices and took part in intense organizational debates within the workers’ organizations: trade unions, editorial rooms, consumer cooperatives, and holiday camps. Thus, many industrial workers spread to the larger urban environment, searching for living and collective spaces, struggling to form organizations as organized industrial subjects, and interacting with the social and cultural life of the city. In addition to what the state introduced, this dissertation discusses how the industrial employees produced in and interacted with the urban environment by covering all employees working in the factory - managers, officials, engineers, workers and other employees - to explore a more diverse network of actors. The main objective is to understand how work, living, and collective spaces were produced and used resulting in multiple industrial subjects alongside an analysis of how this built environment was positioned within social, economic, and political change in the city.
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A. H. Tülce Uman, “THE MAKING OF INDUSTRIAL SUBJECTS IN SPACES OF WORK, LIVING AND COLLECTIVITY: ESKİŞEHİR 1923-1980,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, 2021.