Modernization, Urbanization, and the Rise of the Apartment

By Asli Duru.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Both as a social and spatial unit home is a significant domain of
ideological reproduction and the maintenance of a certain social
system. Changes taking place "at home," reveal significant knowledge
about the transformation of the lifestyles, and everyday practices of
households. The Turkish experience of change of residential typology
towards apartments led to major physical and social changes in the
urban scene. The rise of apartments in line with the emergence of
middle class values in the Turkish urban population has influenced
expectations and routines of households. The study in this regard aims
to decipher the ways the new middle class domesticity and the
apartment flat as its stage, have given way to differentiated
subjectivities.

Keywords: Middle Class, Urbanization, Residential Change, Apartments, Home, Domesticity

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.191-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 793.275KB).

Dr Asli Duru

Doctoral Student, Geography Department, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

In terms of research I am mostly interested in urban related issues. During my master's studies using oral history techniques I tried to explore from a gendered perspective the relation between Republican modernism as experienced "at home" during the mass internal immigration period in Turkey, that is from the 1950s onwards. Gender dimensions of everyday forms of (pervasive) violence in various urban contexts are in the core of my current doctoral studies. I am also interested in issues like urban mobility and gender division of labor in cities. Since these entail a highly interdisciplinary understanding, my work should make contributions to several main fields such as human geography, sociology, and history but with my research I expect to contribute mainly to critical prospects in social theory in general.

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