Yildirim Kevin

Abstract

In this paper, I look at how the Istanbul hip-hop group Tahribad-ı
İsyan has symbolized the expropriation of Sulukule, a predominantly Romani
neighborhood demolished by municipal powers under the guise of urban
renewal. By examining how the local government enacted this project, and
showing how similar neoliberal city management policies instigated widespread
social unrest across Turkey in 2013, I set the stage for a music video
analysis that makes two ultimate claims. First, I propose that hip-hop enables
the group to overcome the debilitating effects of enforced gentrification by
recasting Sulukule’s urban decay as a “ghettocentric” urban landscape.
Second, and in dialogue with the work of the Turkish urban geographers
Ozan Karaman and Tolga Islam, I suggest that Tahribad-ı İsyan provides
evidence of how music can construct bounded intra-urban identities amid
discourses of borderless and open cities.

Keywords

Istanbul; hip-hop; urban renewal; urban borders

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