Alienated imagination through a mega development project in Turkey: The case of the Osman Gazi Bridge

Deniz S. Sert*, Umut Kuruüzüm

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Abstract

Since the rise of the ruling Justice and Development Party in the early 2000s, Turkey has invested in several mega transport and infrastructure projects for the purposes of economic transformation, growth, and development. This article explores the impact of a recently completed mega-project - the Osman Gazi Bridge - on material change and popular imagination about the future. It claims that, while the Bridge created a colossal material change that can be observed by everyone, it also animated an imagined post-industrial transition and inclusive development in the industrial town of Dilovasl. Although the dream of a better future serves as a medium for the industrial town's underprivileged inhabitants to connect and socialize, along with the current marginalizing conditions, it also has the potential to fuel future resistance, if imagination is unable to be transformed into reality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-179
Number of pages20
JournalNew Perspectives on Turkey
Volume66
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2022

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Keywords

  • alienation
  • development
  • dispossession
  • imagination
  • Materiality
  • time

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