Migration asMovement andMultiplace Life: Some Recent Developments in Rural Living Structures in Turkey

Ozturk M., Hilton A., Jongerden J.

POPULATION SPACE AND PLACE, vol.20, no.4, pp.370-388, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/psp.1828
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.370-388
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Discussing recent trends and developments in migration and mobility affecting what may be referred to as a reconstitution' of villages, this paper discusses the changing character of rural settlement and settlement patterns in Turkey today. The binary division of rural and urban is questioned through a dialectical/relational approach to settlement formation, while settlement is defined by relation to (human) movement, itself understood as incorporating the modalities of migration and mobility. By focusing on the socio-economics of increasing affluence, the advance of capital generally, and the introduction of neoliberalism into agriculture in particular, a number of contemporary rural-oriented (migratory/mobility) movements and living structures' are investigated, which, taken together, suggest a growing development of dual settlement' and multiplace hybrid' life. The paper concludes with a typology of villages and some thoughts on the theoretical implications of this study. Copyright (c) 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.