Perspectives Turkey 6/2013: The Transformation of Agriculture and Rural Areas in Turkey

Grapes of Wrath

The 6th issue of Perspectives - Political Analysis and Commentary from Turkey is out now with feature articles on "Grapes of Wrath: The Transformation of Agriculture and Rural Areas in Turkey". We prepared this issue for highlighting ongoing reforms in the field of rural development and agriculture in Turkey. Gökhan Günaydın, Abdullah Aysu and Sibel Caşkurlu are some of the authors who contribute in our feature articles section. The 6th issue of the Journal also covers articles on current political issues, foreign affairs, economy, environment and art. We followed-up on our last issue on Gezi Protests with three articles and an interview. We hope you enjoy the read and welcome any feedbacks.


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Date of Publication
October 2013
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung – Turkey Representation
Number of Pages
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Table of contents

3 From the editor

4 Cover story: The transformation of agriculture and rural areas in Turkey
4 The dynamics of agricultural and rural transformation in post-1980 Turkey
Murat Öztürk
11 Europe’s rural policies a la carte: The right choice for Turkey?
Gökhan Günaydın
14 The liberalization of Turkish agriculture and the dissolution of small peasantry
Abdullah Aysu
22 Agriculture: Strategic documents and reality
Ali Ekber Yıldırım
26 Land grabbing
Sibel Çaşkurlu
31 A real life “Grapes of Wrath”
Metin Özuğurlu

35 Ecology
35 Save the spirit of Belgrade Forest!
Ünal Akkemik
38 Child poverty in Turkey: Access to education among children of seasonal workers
Ayşe Gündüz Hoşgör
42 Urban contexts of the june days
Şerafettin Can Atalay

44 Democracy
44 Is the Ergenekon case a step towards democracy?
Orhan Gazi Ertekin
48 Participative democracy and active citizenship
Ayhan Bilgen
51 Forcing the doors of perception open
Melda Onur
54 The Gezi Park Resistance and the peace process
Nazan Üstündağ
58 Marching like Zapatistas
Sebahat Tuncel

62 Foreign Policy
62 Objective versus process: Dichotomy in Turkey’s EU membership bid
Erhan İcener

64 Culture
64 Rural life in Turkish cinema: A location for innocence
Ferit Karahan

66 Human Landscapes from Turkey
66 This is what being an artist is: Taking Sides
Memet Aksoy

69 News from Heinrich Böll Foundation

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