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Diaspora of the City

Stories of Cosmopolitanism from Istanbul and Athens

Palgrave Macmillan
  • The first anthropological study of the Greek Orthodox community displaced from Istanbul to Athens

  • Redefines what constitutes a diasporic, minority, or migrant community in the urban setting

  • Relates and explores ethnographic stories from members of the Rum Polites community

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology (PSUA)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction: Basics and Beginnings

    • İlay Romain Örs
    Pages 1-39
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 207-264

About this book


As the former capital of two great empires—Eastern Roman and Ottoman—Istanbul has been home to many diverse populations, a condition often glossed as cosmopolitanism. The Greek-speaking Christian Orthodox community (Rum Polites) is among the oldest in the urban society, yet their leading status during the centuries of imperial cosmopolitanism has faded. They have even been brought to the brink of disappearance in their home city. Scattered around the world as a result of the homogenizing tendencies of nationalism, the Rum Polites in the diaspora of Istanbul (“the City” or Poli) continue to identify with its cosmopolitan legacy, as vividly shown through their everyday practices of distinction and cultural memory. By exploring the shifting meaning of cosmopolitanism in spatial and temporal contexts, Diaspora of the City examines how experiences of forced displacement can highlight changing conceptualizations of what constitutes a local, diasporic, minority, or migrant community in different multicultural urban settings, past and present.

Keywords

  • anthropology
  • social science
  • cosmopolitanism
  • istanbul, turkey
  • identity
  • rum polites
  • orthodox
  • city

Authors and Affiliations

  • Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey

    İlay Romain Örs

About the author

İlay Romain Örs is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Örs continues to teach, research, and publish on urban communities, political movements, cultural identity, displacement, and cosmopolitanism in Greece, Turkey, and the Mediterranean. 

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eBook USD 24.99
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  • ISBN: 978-1-137-55486-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book USD 34.99
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Hardcover Book USD 119.99
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