Rural Community Development That Never Was: The Turkish Experience, 1960-1980

Part of the Political Ecology Seminar Series presented by Burak Gürel
Friday 8 Sep 2023, 14:00 - 15:00
Spoken Language
ISS Room 3.42 and Zoom
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In this seminar, Burak Gürel explores Turkey's underexplored 1960s-70s Community Development Program.

Burak Gürel, Assoc. Prof. at Koç University, Istanbul, explores Turkey's Community Development Program (CDP) of the 1960s and 1970s, a topic often overlooked in rural development studies. Drawing from extensive archival research, Gürel's presentation highlights three key arguments. Firstly, the CDP was significantly influenced by the global post-WWII development regime led by the United States. Secondly, it aimed to harness villagers' labor and financial resources for rapid rural infrastructure development, with hopes of aiding urban industrialization. Lastly, despite initial optimism, the CDP struggled to engage villagers due to electoral competition, economic inequality, and bureaucratic challenges. Gürel's research sheds light on a complex chapter in Turkey's rural development history.

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