"Belonging” in the gentrified Golden Horn/Halic neighbourhoods of Istanbul

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Mainstream gentrification research predominantly examines experiences and motivations of the middle-class gentrifier groups, while overlooking experiences of non-gentrifying groups including the impact of in situ local processes on gentrification itself. In this paper, I discuss gentrification, neighbourhood belonging and spatial distribution of class in Istanbul by examining patterns of belonging both of gentrifiers and non-gentrifying groups in historic neighbourhoods of the Golden Horn/Halic. I use multiple correspondence analysis (MCA), a methodology rarely used in gentrification research, to explore social and symbolic borders between these two groups. I show how gentrification leads to spatial clustering by creating exclusionary practices and eroding social cohesion, and illuminate divisions that are inscribed into the physical space of the neighbourhood.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-89
Number of pages27
JournalUrban Geography
Early online date8 Oct 2014
StatePublished - 2015


  • gentrification, belonging, social cohesion, social-symbolic borders, multiple correspondence analysis, Bourdieu, Istanbul, Turkey


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