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Between Hostility and Hospitality: Neighbourhoods and Dynamics of Urban Migration in Istanbul (1730–54)

In: Turkish Historical Review
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Madoka Morita The University of Tokyo, madokam21@gmail.com

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This article explores the dynamics of urban migration and the politics of integration in mid-eighteenth-century Istanbul, both on the government policy-level and through the unofficial grass-roots processes. With a special focus on an inspection register (dated 1158/1745) detecting immigrants physically dwelling in the neighbourhoods (mahalles), I reveal that whereas the government policy for migration management hinged on the neighbourhood units which spatially organized the city’s inhabitants, each neighbourhood was an arena of social ties and relations, through the intermediary of which illegal immigrants would be transformed into legal residents who would live up to the norms of local society.

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