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Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul a: Fruit Vendors and Civil Servants in the Kasap Ilyas Mahalle (Suny Series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East (Hardcover)) Hardcover – March 1, 2003

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"Combining the vivid and colorful detail of a micro-history with a wider historical perspective, this groundbreaking study looks at the urban and social history of a small neighborhood community (a mahalle) of Ottoman Istanbul, the Kasap Iùlyas. Drawing on exceptionally rich historical documentation starting in the early sixteenth century, Cem Behar focuses on how the Kasap Iùlyas mahalle came to mirror some of the overarching issues of the capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Also considered are other issues central to the historiography of cities, such as rural migration and urban integration of migrants, including avenues for professional integration and the solidarity networks migrants formed, and the role of historical guilds and non-guild labor, the ancestor of the "informal" or "marginal" sector found today in less developed countries."

About the Author

Cem Behar is Professor of Economics at Bogaazici University and the author of many books, including (with Alan Duben) Istanbul Households: Marriage, Family, and Fertility, 1880 1940."

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Product Details

  • Series: Suny Series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791456811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791456811
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,996,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Interesting but just a little two technical for the non-soociologist - too much data , too little narrative. Doesn't come alive.
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