Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey after Istanbul and Ankara. Three very old and historic districts of Izmir, Kadifekale, Tepecik and Tenekeli, are located near to the city’s central areas with inhabitants belonging to the low-income groups. Moreover, these districts have reputed to have high crime rates compared to other districts. In recent years, in parallel to the rise of neo-liberal urbanisation, they have been the target of the government’s urban development projects, which also attracted an increasing media attention. This paper will focus on the dominant discourses in online discussion sites that contribute to the fear of the ‘other’, that at the same time, justify the urban renewal projects in Kadifekale, Tepecik and Tenekeli, in order to capture the different ‘reasoning’ mechanisms.
Aysun Akan, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
Seher Şen, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
Paper Information Conference: CITY2018
Stream: Media, Film and Communication Studies
Added on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
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