The Spatial Context of Social Integration

Kısar Koramaz E.

Social Indicators Research, vol.119, no.1, pp.49-71, 2014 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 119 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11205-013-0481-x
  • Journal Name: Social Indicators Research
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.49-71
  • Keywords: Neighborhood, Residential areas, Social integration, Social relations
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Social integration is the harmonious and coherent processing of the structures of a social system and refers to the degree to which people are integrated to the systems of a social structure. Although social integration issue is often considered on a regional scale and especially in association with the migration literature, it is also associated with urban dynamics. Especially in metropolitan cities, it is a process that shapes the opportunities and resources of urban life, such as socio-cultural life, the built environment and urban services. This paper aims to analyze the spatial differentiation of the interactive dimension of social integration in the case of Istanbul. It describes different forms and levels of social relations of the residents of Istanbul while also depicting the interaction between social integration and location, particularly in terms of residential area characteristics. With this aim, different types of social relations are analyzed using statistical and spatial analysis methods. The results of the study indicate that different social groups which are integrated into the macro structures of the society with different degrees produce different forms of social relations and they also live in residential areas which differ with their environmental quality.