Becoming Istanbul: An Encyclopedia

"Becoming Istanbul" is a multi-authored bedside book which discusses the current changes that the city undergoes within 152 different items. These items focus on problematics which are discussion points in Istanbul today, many of them being subjects of anxiety. They can be summarized as standard opinions, explanation patterns and stereotype complaints, in general, discourses by those who observe the Istanbul of today and its process of becoming a metropolitan. Many of the items were chosen by the authors out of a long list prepared by the editors, and some of them were suggested by the authors themselves. Although the book has been organized alphabetically, it doesn't have the comprehensive structure or the academic consistency of an encyclopedia, neither was it intended to do so. The only criteria given to the writers were the general points of approach mentioned above and the limitation of the text length. With the intention of expressing "becoming Istanbul" from as many angles as possible, the authors were chosen from a wide range of professions: architects, musicians, city planners, chefs, activists, sociologists, economists, film critics, authors, museum curators, geographers, journalists, anthropologists, historians...

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