International Development Planning Review

On the trajectory of urbanisation in Turkey: An attempt at periodisation

International Development Planning Review (2003), 25, (2), 153–168.

Abstract

The main objective of this article is to provide a periodisation of the Turkish urban experience by dividing it into three distinct phases: the urbanisation of the state in the context of nation-state formation; the urbanisation of labour power in the context of rapid migration from rural areas; and finally the urbanisation of capital in the context of globalisation. The article argues that recent trends point to a striking socio-spatial polarisation as well as to fragmentation in the Turkish cities.

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Şengül, H. Tarik