CLASS, GENTRIFICATION AND EMOTIONS: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE EVERYDAY LIFE EXPERIENCES OF POOR WOMEN LIVING IN URLA, IZMIR

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2022-6
Varol, Hazal
This thesis examines the everyday life experiences of poor women living in areas undergoing the process of gentrification, and specifically addresses the emotional dimension of these experiences. It explores the emotional dimension of class, sheds light on the way that class encounters are experienced as “hidden injuries” and further alienates the poor in gentrifying neighborhoods. The study assumed a theoretical position aiming to place emotions at the forefront and traced geographies of encounters. For this purpose, an ethnographic study was conducted with women living in various neighborhoods of Urla, Izmir, which involved participant observation, semi-structured in-depth interviews, and cognitive mapping methods. Findings of the research suggest that the everyday encounter of different subjectivities in the area elicits a range of emotions among the poor, such as shame, resentment, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and increases feelings of alienation in the gentrifying neighborhoods. This study suggests that gentrification not only physically dislocates the poor but also emotionally displaces them. It illustrates the novel form of displacement caused by the current state of the gentrifying spaces of Urla and it illuminates an understanding of emotional displacement to emphasize displacement as a phenomenon that goes beyond physical dislocation. However, it is seen that poor women’s experiences in the neighborhood consist of shame, exclusion, non-belonging, and alienation on the one hand, and relative freedom and opportunities on the other.

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H. Varol, “CLASS, GENTRIFICATION AND EMOTIONS: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE EVERYDAY LIFE EXPERIENCES OF POOR WOMEN LIVING IN URLA, IZMIR,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.