Publications & Research

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Candan Turkkan (2021) Feeding Istanbul: The Political Economy of Urban Provisioning. Brill: Leiden, Netherlands. 

In Feeding Istanbul, I offer an account of how Istanbul, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire and now the financial heart of contemporary Turkey, has been provisioned since the early 19th century. Tracing how the sovereign’s duty to provision the city and to protect his subjects from hunger was gradually transferred to the market and became a responsibility of the subjects (later, citizens) alone, I argue that food politics, politics of urban provisioning in particular, should be at the front and center of the way we think our political communities and our relationship with the sovereign entities that govern our political community.  

Recently Published Articles

Candan Turkkan (2022) Different Forms of Embeddedness at Istanbul’s Bazaars and Farmers Markets. Sosyoloji Araştırmaları Dergisi, 25(2), 235-253. URL:    

Candan Turkkan (2021) What is the Alternative? Insights from Istanbul’s food networks. Food, Culture & Society. URL:

Candan Turkkan (2021) Who is “deserving” of aid? Subject-formation in Istanbul’s food banks. Food, Culture & Society, 24(3), 464-480. DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2021.1884419

Candan Turkkan (2020). Wasteful or sensible? Donor imageries in İstanbul’s food banks. New Perspectives on Turkey, 62, 51-73. DOI: 10.1017/npt.2020.8

Candan Turkkan (2019) Clean foods, motherhood and alternative food networks in contemporary Istanbul, Gender, Place & Culture, 26:2, 181-202. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2018.1552562


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