This book is an exploration of the environmental makings and contested historical trajectories of environmental change in Turkey. Despite the recent proliferation of studies on the political economy of environmental change and urban transformation, until now there has not been a sufficiently complete treatment of Turkey's troubled environments, which live on the edge both geographically (between Europe and Middle East) and politically (between democracy and totalitarianism).
The contributors to Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey use the toolbox of environmental humanities to explore the main political, cultural and historical factors relating to the country’s socio-environmental problems. This leads not only to a better grounding of some of the historical and contemporary debates on the environment in Turkey, but also a deeper understanding of the multiplicity of framings around more-than-human interactions in the country in a time of authoritarian populism.
This book will be of interest not only to students of Turkey from a variety of social science and humanities disciplines but also contribute to the larger debates on environmental change and developmentalism in the context of a global populist turn.
Table of Contents
1. Socio-Natures on The Edge: Landscapes, State and Movements in Turkey Part I Landscapes on the Edge 2. The Soils of Turkey: Nature, Science, and Crisis (1930-1960) 3. A Technopolitical Frontier: The Keban Dam Project and Southeastern Anatolia 4. From Imperial Frontier to National Heartland: Environmental History of Turkey’s Nation-Building in Its European Province of Thrace, 1920-1940 Part II State and Capital on the Edge 5. Security, Dispossession, and Industrial Meat Production in Turkey 6. Sediment in Reservoirs: A History of Dams and Forestry in Turkey 7. Informalization of Waste Regimes: The Entanglement of Urbanization, Poverty and Waste in Ankara Part III Movements on the Edge 8. Contextualizing the Rise of Environmental Movements in Turkey: Two Instances of Anti-Gold Mining Resistance 9. Coal, Ash, and Other Tales: The Making and Remaking of the Anti-Coal Movement in Aliağa, Turkey 10. Moving Stills: The Idea of Nature in New Turkish Cinema Epilogue
Onur İnal is a researcher based in the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of Vienna, Austria.
Ethemcan Turhan is a researcher based in the Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden.