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Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology

Diaspora of the City

Stories of Cosmopolitanism from Istanbul and Athens

Authors: Romain Örs, İlay

  • The first anthropological study of the Greek Orthodox community displaced from Istanbul to Athens
  • Redefines what constitutes a diasporic, minority, or migrant community in the urban setting
  • Relates and explores ethnographic stories from members of the Rum Polites community
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As the former capital of two great empires—Eastern Roman and Ottoman—Istanbul has been home to many diverse populations, a condition often glossed as cosmopolitanism. The Greek-speaking Christian Orthodox community (Rum Polites) is among the oldest in the urban society, yet their leading status during the centuries of imperial cosmopolitanism has faded. They have even been brought to the brink of disappearance in their home city. Scattered around the world as a result of the homogenizing tendencies of nationalism, the Rum Polites in the diaspora of Istanbul (“the City” or Poli) continue to identify with its cosmopolitan legacy, as vividly shown through their everyday practices of distinction and cultural memory. By exploring the shifting meaning of cosmopolitanism in spatial and temporal contexts, Diaspora of the City examines how experiences of forced displacement can highlight changing conceptualizations of what constitutes a local, diasporic, minority, or migrant community in different multicultural urban settings, past and present.

About the authors

İlay Romain Örs is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Örs continues to teach, research, and publish on urban communities, political movements, cultural identity, displacement, and cosmopolitanism in Greece, Turkey, and the Mediterranean. 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Basics and Beginnings

    Örs, İlay Romain

    Pages 1-39

  • Cosmopolitan Knowledge: Impressions from Everyday Life in Athens

    Örs, İlay Romain

    Pages 41-66

  • Exclusive Diversity and the Ambiguity of Being Out of Place

    Örs, İlay Romain

    Pages 67-131

  • Resolutionary Recollections: Event, Memory, and Sharing the Suffering

    Örs, İlay Romain

    Pages 133-169

  • Capital of Memory: Cosmopolitanist Nostalgia in Istanbul

    Örs, İlay Romain

    Pages 171-206

Buy this book

eBook £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55486-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £74.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55485-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Diaspora of the City
Book Subtitle
Stories of Cosmopolitanism from Istanbul and Athens
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55486-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55486-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55485-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 264
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