"Belonging” in the gentrified Golden Horn/Halic neighbourhoods of Istanbul

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Mainstream gentrification research predominantly examines experiences and motivations of the middle-class gentrifier groups, while overlooking experiences of non-gentrifying groups including the impact of in situ local processes on gentrification itself. In this paper, I discuss gentrification, neighbourhood belonging and spatial distribution of class in Istanbul by examining patterns of belonging both of gentrifiers and non-gentrifying groups in historic neighbourhoods of the Golden Horn/Halic. I use multiple correspondence analysis (MCA), a methodology rarely used in gentrification research, to explore social and symbolic borders between these two groups. I show how gentrification leads to spatial clustering by creating exclusionary practices and eroding social cohesion, and illuminate divisions that are inscribed into the physical space of the neighbourhood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-89
Number of pages27
JournalUrban Geography
Issue number1
Early online date8 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • gentrification
  • belonging
  • social cohesion
  • social-symbolic borders
  • multiple correspondence analysis
  • Bourdieu
  • Istanbul
  • Turkey


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