[-empyre-] who owns the city? (Istanbul)

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Wed Sep 21 16:48:04 EST 2011

hi Ana, just wondering why you feel 'all the remnants of the past are
crumbling away' ? On the contrary, I feel the successive layers of history
are very much alive, and also the mixity of the population and the
, with so many recent first-generation immigrants from the rural Anatolian
countryside, represent quite a mixture of temporalities, etc ... very unlike
western europe, where only the buildings remain ... extented families and
village cooperative solidarity also remain realities, as far as I could
ascertain from speaking with Turkish friends (I gave a lecture to an
all-turkish audience yesterday)


On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 6:36 AM, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am bit curious about how did the people who travelled to Istanbul for the
> first time experienced the city itself, Turkey and all the contradictions
> and the multiple layers of meaning residing in this old city where all the
> remnants of it's past are crumbling away. As you know many Turks want to be
> a part of Europe and join the EC, but many others want keep the country's
> isolation.
> Ana
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