Derya Özkan (ed.)

Cool Istanbul

Urban Enclosures and Resistances

This volume investigates the »cool city« phenomenon with an empirical focus on Istanbul. The book approaches »cool Istanbul« not only as a consumable brand but also as a socially produced and politically performed phenomenon. The contributions draw attention to the significance of thinking production, consumption and performance of cities in relation to their imagination, and trigger critical questions beyond disciplinary academic boundaries.

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2014-12-15, 172 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2763-3

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Derya Özkan, University of Economics Izmir, Türkei

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1. »Books the world doesn't need.« Why is this not the case for your publication?

The world always needs books! This book is particularly indispensible because it contributes to the bridging of urban studies and cultural studies perspectives, which is an inexhausted and relatively recent endeavor. It also touches upon questions that engage postcolonial studies.

2. Which novel points of view does your publication offer?

The book develops an interdisciplinary perspective to understand the ›cool Istanbul‹ phenomenon not only in a critical but also in an affirmative way. The chapters critically analyze commercialized imaginations of cool cities while at the same reclaiming urban cultural coolness in a spatially situated way.

3. What is the significance of the subject in current debates?

The book's simultaneously critical and affirmative approach is new to the debates focusing on ›cool cities‹ in urban, cultural and postcolonial studies. Analyses of cool cities have been conducted often from negative critical perspectives. Affirming the cool city and reclaiming coolness at the urban cultural scale, which this book opens a path for, is a completely novel endeavor.

4. With whom would you most like to discuss your publication?

Urban Studies, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies scholars and students, particularly those working on and interested in other ›cool‹ cities.

5. Your publication in one sentence:

Cool Istanbul can be understood as a qualitatively new enclosure of the urban cultural commons in the age of postfordist social production of space.

Author(s)
Derya Özkan (ed.)
Book title
Cool Istanbul Urban Enclosures and Resistances
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
172
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-2763-3
DOI
Commodity Group
1725
BIC-Code
JFSG JFC
BISAC-Code
SOC026030 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
JBSD JBCC
Release date
2014-12-15
Edition
1
Topics
Kultur, Stadt
Readership
Urban Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Geography
Keywords/Tags
Istanbul, Turkey, Cool City, Urbanity, Urban Imaginations, City, Urban Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology

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