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ERIC Number: EJ1165364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Schools in the Nexus of Neoliberal Urban Transformation and Education Policy Change
Bayhan, Sezen; Caner, Ayse
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v15 n3 p145-173 Dec 2017
Drawing on field research carried out on Istanbul school geography, this paper analyzes the co-constitutive relationship between school spaces and urban transformation in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. Following a brief discussion of its theoretical framework, the paper describes how relocation of Istanbul inner-city public schools has become far more complicated and entangled with the cultural character of the transformation of education in Turkey and transformation of Istanbul. Revealing the close link between urban policy and education policy in the city, the paper argues that school topography in Istanbul interacts with current urban policies and this interaction facilitates the destabilisation of public schools, creates new hierarchies, and perpetuates the existing nature of power relationships. Rather than seeing it as a unidirectional relationship, the paper points to the coconstitutive manner of this interaction and discusses possible implications of the removal of a secular school from its neighbourhood. While existing body of international literature emphasizes the racialised character of the interplay between urban renewal and urban school restructuring, this article introduces into the literature the religion/secularism dimension, which has hitherto not been discussed.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Istanbul)
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