Cities are evolving and transforming under the influence of space or natural conditions, and in this process changes in the relations of power and control centers occur. Globalization has led cities and societies to dominate urban space in the process of neoliberal transformation. The rapid transformation of the urban space makes it inevitable for local communities to be affected during this period and to prevent this process from being influenced. The causes and consequences of these struggles arise in the urban arena because the social struggle largely takes place in the cities. This affects the city and is affected at different levels by the development of the city. The most important feature of the social movements is that they should emerge without directing any state. Social movements have emerged as a result of political power creating inequality in the daily life of some social sectors. Interventions, such as urban transformation projects, are sometimes met with reaction to those living in that space. This article argues that oppositional movements in the process of urban transformation need to be addressed as urban social movements. In this article, the studies on urban transformation and urban social movements in Turkey are explained.
City, Gecekondu, Urban transformation, Urban social movement