Conferences & lectures

Cementing Neoliberal Modernization: The Contemporary Developmental Paradigm in Turkey

DATE & TIME
Friday, November 3, 2017
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
SPEAKER(S)

Bengi Akbulut

COST

This event is free

CONTACT

Katharina Nieswandt
(514) 848-2424 ext. 2508

WHERE

S Annex
2145 Mackay
Room S-201

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE

No

Once praised as a success story of neoliberalism with a Muslim face, the social and environmental toll of Turkey’s last decade of developmentalism is now bitterly visible—and contested.

While the idea of modernization via development has historically animated public policy in Turkey, the specific form it took in this era was marked by the rise of energy and construction –with the explicit role that the state assumed in their restructuring as venues of capital accumulation—and the corresponding reshaping of rural and urban space. The detrimental socio-ecological impacts associated with the disruption, dislocation and dispossession inherent to this developmental strategy have been shouldered by the already-disadvantaged sections of the society and thus perpetuated the existing socio-economic inequalities.

This presentation will draw upon recent and ongoing research to delineate the political economy/political ecology dynamics of Turkey’s contemporary developmental paradigm.


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