Istanbul: Between the Global and the Local

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Çağlar Keyder
Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - History - 201 pages
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This groundbreaking volume investigates the processes of globalization in one of the oldest and grandest of world cities. Istanbul usually is identified as a battleground between East and West, Islam and secularism. Yet the authors argue that beyond these clichZs lies a complex reality as Istanbulites simultaneously try to accommodate, understand, challenge, and shape the sweeping transformations that globalization has brought to their city. Explaining the course of the conflicts and the compromises involved in maintaining a precarious urbanity, this theoretically informed volume focuses on fields of struggle ranging from politics to heritage, humor to music, public space to housing.
 

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Contents

The Setting
3
Culture and Politics of Identity
29
Who Owns the Old Quarters? Rewriting Histories in a Global Era
31
Istanbul of the Conqueror The Alternative Global City Dreams of Political Islam
47
The Historical Construction of Local Culture Gender and Identity in the Politics of Secularism versus Islam
59
Islamic Chic
77
Contested Positions
93
Istanbulites and Others The Cultural Cosmology of Being Middle Class in the Era of Globalism
95
Negotiating Space
141
The Housing Market from Informal to Global
143
Where Do You Hail From? Localism and Networks in Istanbul
161
A Tale of Two Neighborhoods
173
Synopsis
187
Index
199
About the Editor and Contributors
201
Copyright

Sounding Out The Culture Industries and the Globalization of Istanbul
121

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About the author (1999)

Caglar Keyder is professor of sociology at Bogazici University.

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