Volkan Aytar, Ph.D.
Aytar specializes in urban cultural sociology, leisure consumption and entertainment, as well as sociology of media and communication.
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Volkan Aytar, Ph.D., received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and his M.A. in sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He specializes in urban cultural sociology, leisure consumption and entertainment, as well as sociology of media and communication.
He previously taught at Bahcesehir University (BAU) in Istanbul where he served as the chair of the Department of New Media at Faculty of Communication and the director of BAU Creative Industries Center. He was a guest researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany.
Among his publications are “Entertainment & Leisure Consumption in Istanbul” (Amsterdam & Istanbul: New Market Press) and “Selling Ethnic Neighborhoods: The Rise of Neighborhoods as Places of Leisure and Consumption” (co-edited with Prof. Jan Rath) (London & New York: Routledge).