CSSH Seminar Series: The Making of the Construction Boom: State, Space, Capital and Hegemony in Contemporary Turkey by Melih Yeşilbağ

Author: CSSH
Time: 16:00
Location: SOS 104

This presentation scrutinizes the political economy of the built environment production scene in contemporary Turkey. Departing from a preliminary observation of the conspicuously rising significance of the construction sector in the political-economic regime of Turkey, it offers an analytical framework that addresses the extent, the causes, and the economic consequences of the construction drive by situating the Turkish case into a world-historical setting. The findings suggest that the Turkish construction drive is not merely a reflection of the rising importance of built environment production in the financialized setting of global capitalism, but has to be analyzed through the lens of the specific political conjuncture of contemporary Turkey.



Dr. Melih Yeşilbağ is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Ankara University. Holding a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and an MA in Modern Turkish History from Boğaziçi University,   he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton (2016), where he was also a research affiliate in the Fernand Braudel Center. His research interests span the political economy of development, urban political economy, political sociology, neoliberalism, financialization, and Turkish politics.