Networked gentrification: place making strategies and social networks of middle class gentrifiers in Istanbul

Ebru Soytemel, Besime Şen

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Abstract

This chapter explores how gentrifiers in Istanbul mobilise their social networks and social capital during the gentrification process, and how their networks are constructed through processes of “ place making” and belonging. In addition, this chapter aims to demonstrate how social capital and social networks work in practice during the gentrification process. It also examines place making and claiming strategies of gentrifiers by focusing on the following questions: (a) What are the spatial strategies of the new middle class, and what is the importance of these strategies?; (b) How are class and spatial boundaries designated in gentrified neighbourhoods?; (c) What kinds of networks and relationships play a role in developing certain housing dispositions or belonging patterns
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhose city is that? Culture, design, spectacle and capital in Istanbul
EditorsDilek Özhan Koçak, Orhan Kemal Koçak
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne (UK)
PublisherCambridge Scholars
Pages67-92
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)1-4438-6043-3, 978-1-4438-6043-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Istanbul
  • gentrification
  • middle clas
  • belonging
  • social networks
  • inequalities
  • neighbourhood
  • social boundaries
  • spatial boundaries

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