Turkish-Style Segregation Socio-Economic Divisions in Seven Metropolitan Areas

Ataç Kavurmacı E.

ASIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE, vol.45, no.3, pp.235-270, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1163/15685314-04503002
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.235-270
  • Keywords: residential segregation, socio-economic status, urbanisation, Turkish cities, Anatolian cities, RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION, CITIES, PATTERNS, CITY
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


Research into social and spatial segregation in urban areas has a very long tradition in the Anglo-Saxon geography. Even after the 20005 only a few researchers have turned to the non-Western countries to understand and explain segregation in different geographies. As a country in-between the East and the West, in Turkey, where segregation reveals itself in many forms there are very few studies dealing directly with the question of segregation. The article thus deems it crucial to shed light on a rarely-known geography in terms of residential and socio-economic segregation practices focusing on a larger Anatolian geography. Key findings show that as far as residential segregation is concerned among socio-economic status groups, Turkish cities have a characteristic pattern where the highest and the lowest status groups never share a common border in urban areas. But, it is also seen that socio-economic groups behind this common pattern exhibit completely different characteristics.