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Irregular migration and negotiated urban space in Kumkapı, İstanbul


Biehl,  Kristen Sarah
Socio-Cultural Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Biehl, K. S. (2018). Irregular migration and negotiated urban space in Kumkapı, İstanbul. In F. M. Göçek (Ed.), Contested spaces in contemporary Turkey: environmental, urban and secular politics (pp. 319-340). London: I.B. Tauris. doi:10.5040/9781350985841.ch-010.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-D6E0-B
Kristen Biehl As it has been already for centuries, today too İstanbul's historical peninsula remains at the heart of immense and highly diverse flows. Cruising along just a few of the tram stations cutting across the center of the peninsula provides a sufficient taster. Arriving at the Beyazıt-Grand Bazaar tram station, you will have left behind most of the hundreds of thousands of tourists from all corners of the world flocking the wondrous palace, mosques and bazaars of the Eminönü and Sultanahmet districts. On a weekday and around rush hour, many of the men you see getting off here and turning rightwards onto the hills of Gedikpaşa are likely to be working within the hundreds of small garment and apparel workshops hidden within the many buildings in the area, which become audible on the streets through the cacophony of sewing machines and hammers moulding shoes. Go one station further to...