Imagining Decent Work towards a Green Future in a Former Forest Village of the City of Istanbul
2. Literature Review
3. The Context
In the Outskirts of the Megacity
4. Research Method
5.1. The Abandoned Lifestyle and Extinct Forms of Work
Following the communal bush gathering from the forest, women from each family brought their bread dough and collective baking took place once a week. Women also communally hand washed laundry in the fresh water from the hills, and harvested wheat and rice together.
My grandmother used to weave linen cloth at home like other women of the village using a handloom. They hand dyed the textiles using oak leaves.
Our resistance to the environmental impact assessment report was not taken seriously. I made sure a critical commentary was added to the report, highlighting the arable quality of the construction site. First, they poured rubble on the land. Then they took samples from the soil and reported that the arable quality of the land was lost.
This administrative change marked the beginning of the exploitation of Ömerli. It ended the practice of renting out the grazing land of the village pasture to provide income to maintain the community house and the Mosque. Construction activity that received approval from the municipality destroyed the grazing land.
a strenuous activity that required bodily strength; and having observed many who fell ill, I suspect that it may have caused illnesses in workers born between 1945 and the 1960s.
5.2. The New and the Surviving Types of Work
5.2.1. Proletarianisation of the Villagers by Catering Services for Middle-Class New Residents
For most of these investors, a feasible business idea led to insolvency due to the spiral of debt in which they fell. Having lost their property, many of them had to sell their trucks, ending up as wage labourers, as drivers of the trucks they previously owned. These makeshift drivers are today at the service of construction companies carrying rubble between the construction sites and dumping areas.
5.2.2. New Jobs Relying on Community-Based Resources
Harvesting cochina is hard work. It is only found in dense thornbush in the forest. We go in as a family and even if we wear gloves and boots, our entire bodies end up bleeding from the scars of the thorny plants. Immediately after harvest, my family enters a marathon of tying two different kinds of plants, the green bushes to the red flowers, aesthetically. This is difficult. Not everyone in the family is good at it. I am better, so I get to do a lot of the work. We continue to tie the flowers day and night, losing sleep for weeks throughout November.
5.2.3. The Surviving and the Revived Jobs
5.3. The Community Fungi Initiative
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|1||66||Male||Mustafa||Local descendant of residents from one of the four major families among the earliest settlers of the Ottoman period. Amateur researcher of regional and family history; university graduate. Career: manager in a multinational corporate company. Current position: retired.|
|2||64||Male||Mehmet||Local descendant of residents from one of the four major families among the earliest settlers of the Ottoman period (not the same family as that of interviewee 1). Amateur researcher of regional and family history. Local administrator between 1998 and 2004, a family tradition since the late Ottoman era. University graduate. Career: chemist in corporate company; entrepreneur/owner of two local stores. Acted as neighbourhood administrator. Current position: retired.|
|3||65||Female||Lale||Moved to Istanbul for her secondary education from an Anatolian city in the late 1970s. Joined the Ömerli local community via marriage in the 1980s. University graduate; facilitator and director of local crafts courses offered to women.|
|4||36||Female||Burcu||Born and raised in Ömerli. Secondary school graduate. Female representative of new forms of work: cleaning and flower trade.|
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Selçuk, İ.; Nircan, Z.D.; Coşkun, B.S. Imagining Decent Work towards a Green Future in a Former Forest Village of the City of Istanbul. Soc. Sci. 2023, 12, 342. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12060342
Selçuk İ, Nircan ZD, Coşkun BS. Imagining Decent Work towards a Green Future in a Former Forest Village of the City of Istanbul. Social Sciences. 2023; 12(6):342. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12060342Chicago/Turabian Style
Selçuk, İklil, Zeynep Delen Nircan, and Burcu Selcen Coşkun. 2023. "Imagining Decent Work towards a Green Future in a Former Forest Village of the City of Istanbul" Social Sciences 12, no. 6: 342. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12060342