Périphéries exploitées ou relais indispensables ? Les petites villes du département d'Izmir (Turquie) dans le projet métropolitain

Abstract : Morphologies and functions of small towns in Turkey have been deeply transformed by the country’s recent fast process of urban growth. Metropolization of the city of Izmir has absorbed or left apart many small urban settlements. The urban hierarchy of the province is therefore experiencing a huge transformation, under the influence of the city of Izmir itself, but also of local dynamics and/or State- determined political decisions. Four types of small towns in Izmir province have been defined : residential towns under direct influence of the metropolis (Menemen, Urla), industrial settlements as outlying centres of production for the neighbouring main towns (Aliaga, Torbali), independent carriers of regional image such as international heritage sites (Ç?esme, Selçuk), and rural towns acting as small urban centres in Izmir’s hinterland (Tire, Ö?demis). Meanwhile, a regionalization process is transforming the role of the small towns in the local urban hierarchy, because the latter is not given any specific treatment in the regional development plan. Assessing the role of the small towns in the metropolitan project of Izmir reveals the incoherence of the new regional delimitation system and the ambiguities of the public policies for metropolitan development in Turkey.
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Benoît Montabone. Périphéries exploitées ou relais indispensables ? Les petites villes du département d'Izmir (Turquie) dans le projet métropolitain. Annales de géographie, Armand Colin, 2013, 689 (1), pp.24. ⟨10.3917/ag.689.0024⟩. ⟨hal-02274774⟩

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