HOUSING AS A LOCUS OF CAPITAL ACCUMULATION AND HEGEMONY: TOWARDS A METHODOLOGICAL AND THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL DYNAMICS IN TURKEY

2022-4-13
Poyraz, Ufuk
There is a tendency to focus on micro or macro levels in the current housing literature. On the one hand, victimisation experiences and coping strategies of individuals or local housing markets’ dynamics are prioritised, the abstract powers and structures are highlighted on the other. Although the contributions of these studies cannot be underestimated, they may fall short of eliciting the totality of knowledge regarding the complex social reality. In this sense, the main aim of this thesis is to unfold the dynamics of the housing field at both national and local levels in a peripheral society like Turkey as questioning how the neoliberal project is carried out despite all its contradictions. In this regard, capital accumulation and construction of hegemony are identified as the prominent lines of investigation to understand how the relations in the housing field within the neoliberal rule are historically situated and socially constructed in the national and urban context. Accordingly, since urban renewal as a formative intervention that transforms urban fabric within the neoliberal adjustment policies offers insight to unfold dynamics in the housing field, a particular project, Yeni Mamak Urban Renewal Project, is examined as a case study. This is also an overarching methodological attempt to delineate different aspects of a complex urban phenomenon that reveals capital accumulation in motion and hegemonic agenda at work from various theoretical vantage points. In line with the retroductive research strategy, longitudinal qualitative and quantitative data gathered is used to develop mezzo-level concepts for a portrait of neoliberal urbanization.

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Citation Formats
U. Poyraz, “HOUSING AS A LOCUS OF CAPITAL ACCUMULATION AND HEGEMONY: TOWARDS A METHODOLOGICAL AND THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL DYNAMICS IN TURKEY,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.