Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 411–413 | Cite as

Book Review

  • Ruth Soenen
Book Review

Eda Ünlü-Yücesoy, Everyday Urban Public Space. Turkish Immigrant Women’s Perspective, Amsterdam, Spinhuis, 2006, pp. 207, ISBN 90 5589 273 4

This book focuses on the everyday socio-spatial practices of Turkish women in Enschede, the Netherlands. It can be situated within the resurgence of the notions of space and place in the social sciences but also within the renewed attention to relational approaches in sociology. The connections between a cultural group and the spatial environment, often neglected in professions related to urban planning, form the core of the research. Concern about these connections is also apparent in the recent book by Low et al. (2005), which is grounded in ethnographic research on cultural groups, public space and urban planning.

Urban public space as a social construct forms the central perspective. The accounts people produce of public space reflect their own social characteristics, their cultural identities, their gender and their social background. Public...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interculturalism, Migration and Minority Research Centre (IMMRC), Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social SciencesCatholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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