Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements

Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements

by Onur Inal, Ethemcan Turhan

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This book is an exploration of the environmental makings and contested historical trajectories of environmental change in Turkey. Despite the recent proliferation of studies on the political economy of environmental change and urban transformation, until now there has not been a sufficiently complete treatment of Turkey's troubled environments, which live on the edge both geographically (between Europe and Middle East) and politically (between democracy and totalitarianism).

The contributors to Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey use the toolbox of environmental humanities to explore the main political, cultural and historical factors relating to the country’s socio-environmental problems. This leads not only to a better grounding of some of the historical and contemporary debates on the environment in Turkey, but also a deeper understanding of the multiplicity of framings around more-than-human interactions in the country in a time of authoritarian populism.

This book will be of interest not only to students of Turkey from a variety of social science and humanities disciplines but also contribute to the larger debates on environmental change and developmentalism in the context of a global populist turn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429770715
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Series: Routledge Environmental Humanities
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 973,783
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Onur İnal is a researcher based in the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of Vienna, Austria.

Ethemcan Turhan is a researcher based in the Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden.

Table of Contents

1. Socio-Natures on The Edge: Landscapes, State and Movements in Turkey Ethemcan Turhan and Onur İnal

Part I Landscapes on the Edge 

2. The Soils of Turkey: Nature, Science, and Crisis (1930-1960) Seçil Binboğa 

3. A Technopolitical Frontier: The Keban Dam Project and Southeastern Anatolia Dale J. Stahl  

4. From Imperial Frontier to National Heartland: Environmental History of Turkey’s Nation-Building in Its European Province of Thrace, 1920-1940 Eda Acara 

Part II State and Capital on the Edge 

5. Security, Dispossession, and Industrial Meat Production in Turkey Sezai Ozan Zeybek 

6. Sediment in Reservoirs: A History of Dams and Forestry in Turkey Ekin Kurtiç 

7. Informalization of Waste Regimes: The Entanglement of Urbanization, Poverty and Waste in Ankara Gül Tuçaltan 

Part III Movements on the Edge 

8. Contextualizing the Rise of Environmental Movements in Turkey: Two Instances of Anti-Gold Mining Resistance Zehra Taşdemir Yaşın 

9. Coal, Ash, and Other Tales: The Making and Remaking of the Anti-Coal Movement in Aliağa, Turkey Ethemcan Turhan, Begüm Özkaynak, Cem İskender Aydın 

10. Moving Stills: The Idea of Nature in New Turkish Cinema Ekin Gündüz Özdemirci   

Epilogue Üstün Bilgen-Reinart

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