An Ethnography of Space, Creative Dissent and Reflective Nostalgia in the City Centre of Global Istanbul

  • Fotini Tsibiridou


Tsibiridou examines activist practices against old and new hegemonies in a neighbourhood at the heart of Istanbul marked by art production, Western-style consumerism and entertainment. Since the Christian minorities withdrew in the 1960s, this area has hosted people from the margins, such as leftist activists, internal migrants, black Turks and Kurds. In the belief that urban anthropology needs to establish a dialogue with art, architecture and other social sciences, she argues for building bridges with key informants such as artists and authors, performers and activists, who are engaged in reflecting on their own society and producing ‘texts’ that, alongside participant observation, can help us to understand everyday aesthetics and the politics of dissent that oppose authoritarian rule and old and new hegemonies. Tsibiridou addresses the combination of Islamism from above and neoliberalism from outside in addressing the contrast between exclusion, middle-class prosperity and gentrification.


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  • Fotini Tsibiridou
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  1. 1.Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental StudiesUniversity of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece

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