Gypsies in the economy of Turkey: A focus on Gypsy flower sellers in two central districts of ̄stanbul

Özateşler G.

New Perspectives on Turkey, vol.51, pp.123-146, 2014 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0896634600006749
  • Journal Name: New Perspectives on Turkey
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.123-146
  • Keywords: Flower sellers, Gypsy, Informal economy, Social exclusion, ̄stanbul
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


© 2014, New Perspectives on Turkey.This article aims to explore the conditions and roles of Gypsies in the economy of Turkey through a focus on street flower sellers in two central districts of ̄stanbul, Şişli and Taksim. It proposes a multidimensional analysis that demonstrates different dynamics of social exclusion, socioeconomic and political relations, and agency positions. After first reviewing several approaches to Gypsies' roles in non-Gypsy economies, Gypsies' conditions in Turkey are then examined in relation to their roles in the economy. Finally, their positions in the flower-selling sector in the two districts, Şişli and Taksim, are analyzed through working conditions, socioeconomic dynamics, social exclusion, and perceptions of Gypsyness.