Article ID: CBB000950518

Reluctant Modernization: The Cultural Dynamics of Water Supply in Istanbul, 1885--1950 (2008)


Dinçkal, Noyan (Author)

Technology and Culture
Volume: 49
Pages: 675--700

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: Part of a special issue: Water
Language: English

This article considers the cultural and social dynamics surrounding the water supply in Istanbul. It focuses on the period from the last two decades of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, roughly the period between the introduction of the central waterworks and the closure of the Ottoman mains and public fountains. This article considers the interaction of these two systems and indicates that the supply of water by centralized waterworks and via fountains existed side-by-side for more than six decades, making this dual system a characteristic feature of Istanbul's water supply for many years. The conflict between various technological solutions was especially pronounced, and during the period under consideration the story of water supply is to a large extent one of competition between fountains and taps. Within this framework, this article examines how previously free water became a priced commodity, and how the centralized supply reinforced structures of social inequality.

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Authors & Contributors
Poitras, Claire
Oldenziel, Ruth
Misa, Thomas J.
Hård, Mikael
MacLeod, Christine
Mossman, S. T. I.
Technology and Culture
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Journal of Social History
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Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
French Historical Studies
Presses de l'Université de Montréal
Amsterdam University Press
MIT Press
Cambridge University Press
Black Dog Pub.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Technology and society
Technology and culture
Telegraphs; telephones
Methods of communication; media
Communication technology
Li Wenyu (1840–1911)
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
United States
Montreal (Quebec, Canada)
Ottoman Empire
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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