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Research on Cultural Studies

Mehmet Ali Icbay, Hasan Arslan and Francesco Sidoti

This book is a collection of papers written by researchers, lawyers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of law, communication and arts. The topics include women rights in Turkey, witness statement as evidence in Turkish law, legal regulations about organ or tissue trafficking, the new social movements in Turkey, humorous discourse on social media or the traditional country fairs in Turkey.

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Economic and Commercial Spatial Connections of the Traditional Country Fairs in Turkey



Traditional fairs, the existing examples of which are found at the district centres – and few examples of which are found in the villages – in Turkey, “are examples of trade spaces which are set up as commodity (merchandise) and/or animal markets for periods of one day or several days within extensive lands in specific places of specific districts and villages at specific dates in a specific season and which draw attention with their traditional forms of shopping.” Fairs are places in which people who particularly live in rural settlements and lack frequent and regular shopping possibilities go on meeting their seasonal or annual household needs and their needs for various agricultural tools and materials besides their everyday needs. Fair organisations also have a function of entertainment with the forms of entertainment generally identified with the fairs. Depending on these features of fairs, the fairs constitute an attraction for the masses of spectators and tradesmen; moreover, their commercial and economic connections also display a wide spatial distribution.

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