SUBURBSTALK: Understanding the ‘Irrational’: The Contemporary Form of the Turkish State Through an Analysis of the Housing Market

presented by Ezgi Dogru, Political Science, York University

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Room 280A, York Lanes, York University

With reference to the field work that she conducted in 2014 and 2015 in Istanbul and Ankara, the presenter will discuss how the Turkish Mass Housing Administration (Toplu Konut Idaresi [TOKI]) was first advertised as an institutional remedy for the affordable housing problem ‘targeted to the masses,’ and turned out to be an ‘over-capacitated’ state institution which blurs the distinction between public and private spheres.

Havva Ezgi Dogru is PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at York University who specializes in urban politics, political economy and comparative politics. Her doctoral project entitled, The ‘Benevolent Hand’ of the Turkish State: Turkish Mass Housing Administration, State Restructuring and Capital Accumulation in Turkey, explores the Turkish State’s contradictory role in the housing market.