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Luisa Piart > Making Things Fit, Making Ends Meet : Small Entrepreneurs in Istanbul's Garment Industry - 19 janvier 2018

Soutenance de thèse, vendredi 19 janvier 2018, 14 h - Université de Vienne (Autriche), Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien

Making Things Fit, Making Ends Meet : Small Entrepreneurs in Istanbul's Garment Industry

Soutenance de thèse d'anthropologie présentée publiquement par Luisa Piart, préparée sous la direction conjointe de Michel Peraldi (EHESS) et Sabine Strasser (Université de Vienne, Autriche)

Garment production in Istanbul has increased dramatically over the last decades. Two million people could be working in the apparel and textile industry in Istanbul today – approximately one third of the labor force of Turkey’s largest city. And Turkey is among the world’s top five garment exporters. Nonetheless regardless of industrialization plans and efforts to impose stricter security rules, most of the production is carried out in small-scale specialized workshops spread across Istanbul metropolitan municipality. The extreme disintegration of garment production has forced an increasing number of small entrepreneurs to act as a link between Turkish, or foreign retailers, and scattered producers. They became the keystone of Istanbul’s garment industry.

This doctoral project investigates the role of these local small entrepreneurs and their shifting importance in Istanbul’s globalized garment industry. It explores from an anthropological perspective the organization of this industry, as well as the careers, commercial practices, entrepreneurial success of the small entrepreneurs in a context of deep economic restructuring. It argues that Istanbul’s garment industry shapes a distinctive assemblage of material practices, labor division and capital accumulation, whose precise analysis can provide new insights on the current dynamics of globalized capitalism.

Le jury est composé de :

  • M. Michel Peraldi (Directeur de thèse), CNRS
  • Mme Sabine Strasser (Directrice de thèse), Universität Wien (Autriche)
  • Mme Janine Dahinden, University of Neuchâtel  (Suisse)
  • M. Jean-François Pérouse, Université Toulouse 2
  • Mme Tatjana Thelen, Universität Wien (Autriche)

Informations pratiques

  • Date :  Vendredi 19 janvier 2018 à 14 h
  • Lieu : Université de Vienne (Autriche), Neues Institutsgebäude,Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien(Salle Besprechungsraum des SSC Sozialwissenschaften, Raum C628A)

A consulter :

Sorbonne Paris Nord

Bâtiment Recherche Sud
5 cours des Humanités
93322 Aubervilliers cedex

UFR SMBH 74 rue Marcel Cachin, 93017 Bobigny cedex



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