Protest and Taste: Socio-Spatial Restructuring of Moda After Gezi Protests

  • Kaan Kubilay Aşar


This paper argues that an emancipatory social movement might result in heightened political polarisation among social groups constrained by extant economic inequality. Based on the case study of gentrification in Moda neighbourhood in the aftermath of Gezi protests in 2013, this research highlights that the retreat of dissident urban youth from Taksim to Kadıköy and the rapid gentrification of Moda neighbourhood are the social manifestations of the overall process of neoliberal restructuring of Istanbul. Moreover, it analyses the newly opened third-wave cafés, pubs, and theatres as new territories and yaşam alanı (life space) of dissident urban youth. The in-depth interviews with new shop-owners and geospatial analysis of Moda neighbourhood suggest that gentrification produced a socio-spatial segmentation of politically differentiated consumption places in Moda neighbourhood. This paper shows that the politicisation of citadins is highly dependent on their daily practices of familiarising consumption places with their social space.


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  • Kaan Kubilay Aşar
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  1. 1.Central European UniversityBudapestHungary

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