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The Turkish Tea Garden: Exploring a "Third Space" with Cultural Resonances
Space and Culture
  • Sharon Wohl, Iowa State University
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This article examines the history, use, and significance of the Turkish Tea Garden or Cay Bahcesi, positing that these gardens offer unique democratic spaces for public discourse set within the polis. The article unpacks the historical, cultural, and symbolic features of these gardens, and the role these shared spaces play in Turkey’s multivalent civic environment. It employs Ray Oldenburg’s notion of “third space” to consider how these gardens provide inclusive settings for a culturally diverse citizenry. Furthermore, the article considers how these spaces act as repositories of shared memory, mediating conflict that appears in other societal spheres. The gardens are presented as uniquely “sacred” third spaces, distinct from the “profane” third spaces characterized by Oldenburg.

This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Space and Culture 20 (2017): 56–67, doi: 10.1177/1206331216646058. Posted with permission

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Sharon Wohl
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Sharon Wohl. "The Turkish Tea Garden: Exploring a "Third Space" with Cultural Resonances" Space and Culture Vol. 20 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 56 - 67
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