Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi, Edebiyat Fakültesi, Tarih Bölümü, Muğla/Türkiye

Keywords: Culture, local history, oral history, city, Mugla


Everyday experiences occur in a place in every situation; the places that provide a base for the events are much more important for people than they are. The way individuals perceive urban places may differ. In fact, everyone looks at the place through their experiences and provides a meaning in this direction. However, urban places stand out as the places where social relations are experienced, as well as individual experiences, and with this aspect, it makes an important contribution to the forming of the social memory and the city identity. This study assumes that urban places where cultures are produced and transferred have a significant impact on the socialization and development of people’s sense of belonging. Because the inhabitants of the city come together in various places and what provides this is the parser socialism rather than the functional features of those places. In fact, every place in the city creates an identity for cities and its inhabitants thanks to its locality and symbols, which are in fact a structure that facilitates life. In this study, the interaction between place and human is emphasized with the example, the central district of Mugla. Oral history was used as a method to provide important data for completing missing documents or crosscheck the reports. Verbal interviews was enlightening about how the meeting places in the city were perceived by the city residents, how they were engraved in their memory and whether they made any contribution to the development of social relations. In this study, the culture and history of the city have been tried to be elucidated through the place-human relationship.