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Duygu Parmaksizoglu

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From Home to Real Estate: Urban Redevelopment on the Axis of Speculation in Istanbul

[Fikirtepe. Photo by Duygu Parmaksizoglu.]

A major urban redevelopment project in Fikirtepe had been going on for two years by the time I began my fieldwork in March 2013. During that time, three construction islands out of sixty had been entirely demolished, and many people, including many renters, had left the place. The streets were becoming more desolate every day. Looking back at my notes from those days, the one thing I kept hearing from my informants was the anxieties caused by uncertainty. The excitement that ...

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Evden Emlaga Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekulasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Donusum

[Fikirtepe. Photo by Duygu Parmaksizoglu.]

Evden Emlağa Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekülasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Dönüşüm  Bir şehir antropoloğunun saha notları Saha çalışmasına başladığım 2013 yılının Mart ayında Fikirtepe bölgesi, kentsel dönüşüm macerasında iki yılı çoktan geride bırakmıştı. Çalışmalara başladığım sırada altmış yapı adasından oluşan bölgede üç ada tamamıyla yıkılmış, bazı adalarda da başta kiracılar olmak üzere bir çok insan evlerini boşaltıp gitmeye, sokaklar yavaş da olsa ıssızlaşmaya başlamıştı. ...

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Duygu Parmaksizoglu

 

Duygu Parmaksizoglu is a doctoral candidate in the anthropology department at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She recently conducted a year-long field study in Istanbul, where she focused on a particular urban redevelopment/ gentrification scheme that seemingly renders the urban poor not as the victims of displacement, but ostensibly as the “stakeholders.” Her research explored the dynamics of “stakeholding” within a real-estate market bubble and investigated a complex process that is heavily animated by speculation, experiences of risk, and uncertainty. While doing research, She actively participated in the Taksim Gezi demonstrations of June 2013, and in the aftermath, she served as one of the spokespersons of the Urban Movements Istanbul Organization. As a spokesperson, she has given speeches at several community meetings on the hidden ecological, social, and economic costs of urban redevelopment schemes, and organized demonstrations and protests to inform the general public on the matters of the right to the city.