A Recipe for Conflict in the Historic Environment of Istanbul

The Case of Tarlabasi


  • Aysegul Can Istanbul Medeniyet University


state-led gentrification, urban regeneration, displacement, global South, social inequality, urban renovation


This paper aims to examine the processes of gentrification from a somewhat different point of view. It focuses on ‘renovation’ and ‘regeneration projects’, as well as the gentrification concept with regard to urban policies that have particularly enriched the holders of capital in the historic neighbourhoods of Istanbul. Gentrification, happening alongside with renovation and regeneration, reveals significant problems in the social structure of the city such as displacement, social polarization, social inequality and damage to the historical environment. This paper contributes to the expansion of the understanding of gentrification concept with a case study that is outside the scope of ‘usual suspects’, while theorizing the role of the Turkish state during urban transformation processes through the everyday struggles and conflicts that unfold on the ground.


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How to Cite

Can, A. (2020). A Recipe for Conflict in the Historic Environment of Istanbul: The Case of Tarlabasi. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 19(1), 131–162. Retrieved from https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1876