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Identifty, informal institutions and collective action in Istanbul’s Rum community in the twenty-first century

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dc.contributor Ph.D. Program in Political Science and International Relations.
dc.contributor.advisor Yılmaz, Hakan. Theodorelis-Rigas, Charalampos. 2023-03-16T12:28:47Z 2023-03-16T12:28:47Z 2019.
dc.identifier.other POLS 2019 T44 PhD
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the contemporary Istanbul Rum community from a series of new and provocative perspectives. It focuses on Rum identity, institutions, space and collective action through the prism of recent challenges and developments. Drawing on theoretical traditions such as constructivism, communitarianism, new institutionalism and Subaltern Studies, and on an interdisciplinary methodological approach (archival research, participatory observation, in-depth interviews), it examines communal institutions as the basis of Rum political life. It offers a detailed historical analysis of Rum identity, its different trajectories in Turkey, Greece and Syria, and its profound relationship with the urban space of Istanbul, focusing –for the first time in the relevant literature– on secular, rather than linguistic or confessional aspects. Its findings suggest that due to historical pressures and legal grey areas pertaining to its corporate status, the community has developed a set of informal but robust institutions that revolve around philanthropic activity and the vakıf system. Combined with Rum education and healthcare, this peculiar type of philanthropic activity constitutes a uniquely Rum institutional architecture that may be seen as the community’s social capital par excellence and an alternative, micro-wellfare ‘state’ that defines the community, forms its elites and shapes the political behaviour of its members. Together with suggestions for further research the thesis provides a series of policy recommendations for the community’s sustainability and survival in the twenty-first century.
dc.format.extent 30 cm.
dc.publisher Thesis (Ph.D.) - Bogazici University. Institute for Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences, 2019.
dc.subject.lcsh Rum -- Istanbul -- History.
dc.title Identifty, informal institutions and collective action in Istanbul’s Rum community in the twenty-first century
dc.format.pages x, 260 leaves ;

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