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Spaces of New Colonialism

Reading Schools, Museums, and Cities in the Tumult of Globalization


Edited By Cameron McCarthy, Koeli Moitra Goel, Ergin Bulut, Warren Crichlow, Brenda Nyandiko Sanya and Bryce Henson

Spaces of New Colonialism is an edited volume of 16 essays and interviews by prominent and emerging scholars who examine how the restructuring of capitalist globalization is articulated to key sites and institutions that now cut an ecumenical swath across human societies. The volume is the product of sustained, critical rumination on current mutations of space and material and cultural assemblages in key institutional flashpoints of contemporary societies undergoing transformations sparked by neoliberal globalization. The flashpoints foregrounded in this edited volume are concentrated in the nexus of schools, museums and the city. The book features an intense transnational conversation within an online collective of scholars who operate in a variety of disciplines and speak from a variety of locations that cut across the globe, north and south. Spaces of New Colonialism began as an effort to connect political dynamics that commenced with the Arab spring and uprisings and protests against white-on-black police violence in US cities to a broader reading of the career, trajectory and effects of neoliberal globalization.

Contributors look at key flashpoints or targets of neoliberalism in present-day societies: the school, the museum and the city. Collectively, they maintain that the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit movement in England marked a political maturation, not a mere aberration, of some kind—evidence of some new composition of forces, new and intensifying forms of stratification, ultimately new colonialism—that now distinctively characterizes this period of neoliberal globalization.

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Chapter Four Cementing Hegemony in New Turkey: The Construction Spectacle of Istanbul and the Rise of Right-Wing Masculine Populism (Ergin Bulut, Başak Can, and Nurçin İleri)


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Cementing Hegemony in New Turkey: The Construction Spectacle of Istanbul and the Rise of Right-Wing Masculine Populism

ergin bulut, başak can, and nurçin i̇leri

Dubai is able to transform God’s desert into heaven. We cannot even turn our heaven country into something decent.

Ali Ağaoğlu, Real Estate Developer (as cited in Yılmaz, 2008)

The ground we have covered in the last 10 years makes me proud. We have turned Turkey into a construction site. It’s almost we are rebuilding the country

Binali Yıldırım

Former Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communications, and Former Prime Minister

(as cited in Toğanaş, 2012)

In 2012, one of the coauthors of this chapter was a graduate student in the United States. A prominent social scientist was giving a keynote on campus. This scholar was also scheduled to meet with the graduate students prior to the evening talk. The meeting with the graduate students was packed and the discussion was vibrant. At some point, the discussion shifted towards Turkey’s integration with the European Union. Inevitably, Istanbul was at the center of attention.

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