Converted Spaces, Converted Meanings: Looking at New Cultural Spaces in Istanbul through a Cultural Policy Lens

  • Ayça İnce


Building cultural centers in line with egalitarian ideals may have been part of the Turkish modernization project. However, their (re)construction has continued increasingly in the last 20 years. This chapter examines the role of such centers and the meanings attributed to them under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. In doing so it discusses the uses of culture under this government and makes an assessment of cultural policy during 15 years of AKP rule. Examples are chosen specifically from the converted cultural centers in Istanbul in order to show that rebuilding cultural centers is a political act. Each of these cases helps to identify the different aims (neoliberal pragmatism, centralization of state powers, and conservative Islam as an ideology) behind the AKP’s cultural policy-making.


Cultural policy Cultural center Turkey Provision of culture in Turkey Justice and Development Party Conversion 


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  1. 1.International Association of Art CriticsIstanbulTurkey

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