Yıldız Atasoy

Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Faculty of Environment
Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Education

  • Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Toronto
  • M.Sc. (Sociology), Middle East Technical University, Ankara-Turkey
  • B.Sc. (Social Work), Academy of Social Services, Ankara-Turkey

Biography

Dr. Yıldız Atasoy, Professor of Sociology, Associate Member, the School for International Studies, and Associate Member, Department of Geography, Faculty of Evironment, received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1998. She joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SFU in 2002. Prior to her position at SFU, Dr. Atasoy was a Visiting Assistant Professor (2001-2002) at the University of Michigan-Flint; a Limited-Term Assistant Professor (1999-2001) at the University of Manitoba; and an Instructor (1998-1999) at Ryerson Polytechnic University. Her primary area of research deals with long-term historical changes in the world economy and the social, political, and economic dynamics that underlie them. Dr. Atasoy grounds her analysis in a theory of social change that links global relations of capital accumulation, political alliances and the transnational dynamics of social movements with the political and discursive tensions of national politics. This set of transnational processes problematizes the dichotomous conception of "global" versus "local," and thus presents a challenge to Euro-American models of economic development. Dr. Atasoy has also done research on the Islamic politics of the veil across transnational space. Her current research focuses on the political economy of food in Turkey and Brazil.

Dr. Atasoy draws her data from government documents, official statistics, national and international organizations, ethnographies, interviews, histories, and other secondary sources. Her work incorporates information from such fields as political science, economics, international relations, cultural studies, history, anthropology, and geography.

Dr. Atasoy has published in various journals including Journal of Agrarian Change, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Socialist Register, Studies in Political Economy, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Sociological Focus, Social Compass, Gender and Society, and Canadian Journal of Sociology.

Research Interests

Global political economy; political sociology; state restructuring; social change and development; political economy of agrifood systems; neoliberal urbanism; genealogies of citizenship; gender relations; Islamic politics; Turkey; comparative perspectives on Latin America.

Dr. Atasoy's published books include:

Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (editor).

Islam's Marriage with Neoliberalism: State Transformation in Turkey. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Hegemonic Transitions, the State and Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism. London & New York: Routledge, 2009 (editor)

Global Shaping and Its Alternatives. Aurora, ON: Garamond Press, 2003 (editor, with William K. Carroll).

Published refereed journal articles include:

Atasoy, Yıldız (2017). ‘Repossession, Re-informalization and Dispossession: The ‘Muddy Terrain’ of Land Commodification in Turkey’. Journal of Agrarian Change 17(4): 657-79. (Electronic version appeared in 2016: doi: 10.1111/joac.12182.)

Atasoy, Yıldız (2013). ‘Supermarket Expansion in Turkey: Shifting Relations of Food Provisioning’, Journal of Agrarian Change 13(4): 547-70. First published online: doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0366.2012.00382.x

Atasoy, Yıldız (2011). ‘Two Imaginaries of Citizenship in Turkey: The Republican and ‘Ethical’ Models’, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society Vol. 24, N. 3, pp. 105-123. First published online: DOI 10.1007/s10767-011-9115-y

 Atasoy, Yıldız (2007). ‘The Islamic Ethic and the Spirit of Turkish Capitalism Today’, Socialist Register 2008: Global Flashpoints: Reactions to Imperialism and Neoliberalism (Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, eds.), London, New York, Halifax: The Merlin Press, Monthly Review Press, Fernwood Publishing, pp. 121-140.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2006). ‘Governing Women’s Morality: A Study of Islamic Veiling in Canada’, European Journal of Cultural Studies Vol. 9, N. 2, pp. 203-221.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2003/2004). ‘Cosmopolitan Islamists in Turkey: Rethinking the Local in a Global Era’, Studies in Political Economy Vol. 71/72, pp. 133-161.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2003). ‘Muslim Organizations in Canada: Gender Ideology and Women’s Veiling’, Sociological Focus Vol. 36, N.2, pp. 143-158.

Atasoy, Yıldız (1997). ‘Islamic Revivalism and the Nation-State Project: Competing Claims for Modernity’, Social Compass Vol. 44, N.1, pp. 83-99.

Published refereed book chapters include:

Atasoy, Yıldız (2017). ‘Neoliberalization and Homo Islameconomicus: The Politics of Women’s Veiling in Turkey’. In The Routledge International Handbook of Veils and Veiling Practices, eds Anna-Mari Almila and David Inglis, 9,819 words. London: Routledge.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2014). ‘The Melding of Islam and Secularism: The Islamic Unthinking of State-Centric Politics in Turkey’, in Are Knudsen and Mouin Rabbani (eds) Popular Protest, Politics and Post-Islamism in the New Middle East, London & New York: I.B. Tauris.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2014). ‘Introduction’, in Yildiz Atasoy (ed.) Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity: Trans/regional Variations (In production), London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan. (11,612 words)

Atasoy, Yıldız (2014). ‘Conclusion: Rethinking the Politics of Diversity’ in Yıldız Atasoy (ed.) Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity: Trans/regional Variations (In production), London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan. (9321 words)

Atasoy, Yıldız (2009). ‘Introduction’, in Yildiz Atasoy (ed.) Hegemonic Transitions, the State and Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 1-20.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2009). ‘Islamic Engagement with European Universalism: State Transformation in Turkey’, in Yildiz Atasoy (ed.) Hegemonic Transitions, the State and Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 166-185.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2003). ‘Explaining Globalization’, in Yıldız Atasoy and William K. Carroll (eds) Global Shaping and Its Alternatives, Aurora, ON and Bloomfield, Conn.: Garamond Press and Kumarian Press, pp. 3-11.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2003). ‘Explaining Local-Global Nexus: Muslim Politics in Turkey’, in Yıldız Atasoy and William K. Carroll (eds) Global Shaping and Its Alternatives, Aurora, ON and Bloomfield, Conn.: Garamond Press and Kumarian Press, pp. 57-80.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2003). ‘Afterword: September 11 and the Reorganization of the World Economy’, in Yıldız Atasoy and William K. Carroll (eds) Global Shaping and Its Alternatives, Aurora, ON and Bloomfield, Conn.: Garamond Press and Kumarian Press, pp. 195-206.

 Atasoy, Yıldız (1998). ‘Citizenship and the Collapse of the State: The Ottoman Case’, in Metta Spenser (ed.) Separatism: Democracy and Disintegration, Boulder, Colorado: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 119-137.

Book reviews include:

Atasoy, Yıldız (2017). Review of Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, Zone Books, 2015, SCTIW Review, March 7, 2017. http://sctiw.org/sctiwreviewarchives/archives/1399.

Atasoy, Yıldız (2011). Review of William Hale and Ergun Ozbudun, Islamism, Democracy and Liberalism in Turkey: The case of the AKP, London and New York: Routledge. Review of Middle East Studies, MESA Bulletin/ROMES 45(2): 237-239. 

Atasoy, Yıldız (2005). (Invited) Review of Mansoor Moaddel, Islamic Modernism, Nationalism, and Fundamentalism: Episode and Discourse, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, http://www.cjsonline.ca/reviews/islamicmodernism.html

Atasoy, Yıldız (2002). (Invited) Review of Gul Ozyegin, Untidy Gender: Domestic Service in Turkey, Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Gender & Society 16(5): 755-756.

International workshops and conferences organized by Dr. Atasoy include:

Economic Crisis and the Reorganization of the Global Economy: Trans/regional Responses’, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C. (9-10 September 2011) (Funded by SSHRC).

Hegemonic Transitions and the State’, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC. (23-24 February 2007) (Funded by SSHRC).