Community formation under neoliberal urban transformation

Ergenekon, Elif Dila
This thesis main question is based on how the formulations of “community” have been taking shape under neoliberal urban transformation in the case of Çiğdem Neighborhood and Şirindere. It questions the meaning of community, how community formation under neoliberal urban transformation differs from traditional community formation. Within this scope, it explores to the reason why advanced marginalized groups as a social entity was born within neoliberal economy polices cannot be defines as “community”. The data is based on the observations and experiences of the researcher for 8 months long, and from the observations and experiences of five interviewees The main findings of the thesis display the formulations of “community” under neoliberal urban transformation have been shaped with reference to three main axes such as exclusionary mechanisms (boundary drawing), relational setting of belonging, within the agency. In addition, this thesis aims at contributing to further studies to explore the role of ‘“common spaces” on community formation under neoliberal community formation


An Analysis of urban struggles in the process of practices of urban commoning: resistance on “uncommon ground”“in, for and beyond” İstanbul
Ergin, Nezihe Başak; Rittersberger Tılıç, Helga İda; Department of Sociology (2014)
The thesis aims to examine urban social oppositions, ways of resistance, their patterns and dynamics in Istanbul against urban transformation projects with the production of space having the central role and potentiality to generate these struggles. Through critical and radical urban and social opposition theories and related ideas of analysis, the study considers this as a process of “urban commoning –social- practices” for the “rights to the city”. The research covers the period which starts with the Euro...
The populism of the village institutes: a contradictory expression of Kemalist populism
Aytemur, Nuran; Okyayuz, Mehmet; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2007)
This thesis analyzes the populism of the Village Institutes by comparing it with Kemalist populism. In this context it is worth to say that throughout the thesis populism is defined as government by the people and discussed in relation to democracy. In order to do so as a first step - the democratic structure and function(ing) of the Village Institutes are discussed with reference to their fundamental principles, organizational structure, and educational program. Secondly, the contradictory conceptualizati...
Urban transformation as political and ideological intervention in space: a case study in Diyarbakır
Taş, Dire; Mücen, Barış; Department of Sociology (2019)
This thesis examines urban transformation in old city center of Diyarbakır,Suriçiascase study to discuss thedifferent paths of urban transformation in Turkey. The studyargues thatalthough the phenomenon of urban transformation is predominantlydetermined by the economic reasoning of the neoliberal regimes, it cannot be reduced tothat. The main question of this study is that if the transformation of space in late-capitalism is directly linked with the rescaled position of the state in u...
Community Design in its Pragmatist Age: Increasing Popularity and Changing Outcomes
Toker, Zeynep; Toker, Umut (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 2006)
Community design has originally been influenced by the idealist approaches of human rights movements and advocacy planning until 1980s, during which economic challenges pushed practitioners in the area towards exploring more pragmatist grounds. The last two decades have been even more challenging for community designers, since the term has became popular even though the practice of genuine participation, hence the correct use of the term “community design” has not. In a pragmatist age in the area, many exam...
Privatization of security and the transformation of the modern bourgeois state in the neoliberal era: the case of Turkey
Dölek, Çağlar; Bedirhanoğlu Toker, Pınar; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2011)
This thesis problematizes the phenomenon of privatization of security within the context of the neoliberal transformation of the capitalist state in Turkey. On the basis of the critique of neo-Weberian and Foucauldian literatures, it attempts to construct its peculiar theoretical-historical pathway on the relationship between state-coercion-class. It problematizes the historical constitution of this relationship within the context of the historical specificity of the capitalist state power. In this regard, ...
Citation Formats
E. D. Ergenekon, “Community formation under neoliberal urban transformation,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.