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The End Of The Secular City Dream: The Case Of Ankara

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Modernity has always been one of the most debated terms, especially in the Third World countries, where the term is heavily associated with westernization in social, political and individual spheres. This chapter discusses the secular legacy of Ankara and its evolution towards a postsecular position. First, a brief general discussion on modernization and secularization is offered as a general framework for the study. In the second part the discussion focuses on the historical context of modernization and secularization processes in Turkey. In the third and last part of the chapter spatial aspects of modernization and secularization processes, together with the efforts to reverse these, are traced in the case of the capital Ankara. From the performance of the local government of Ankara over the past 15 years, the author argues that the processes of constructing a postsecular city have irreversible consequences both in spatial and social terms.

Keywords: Ankara; modernization processes; Secular City; secularization; Turkey



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