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Being There

The 2013 Anti-Government Protests in Istanbul, Turkey

Colin W. Leach, Ayşe Betül Çelik, Rezarta Bilali, Atilla Cidam, and Andrew L. Stewart

By happenstance, we found ourselves in Istanbul, Turkey in early June 2013 only days after a mass anti-government protest developed in and around Gezi Park. In addition to informal discussions and interviews with academics and others, we visited the protest site and traveled throughout Istanbul to directly experience the atmosphere and events. We also conducted two studies of Turks’ participation in, and views of, the protests. This paper recounts the events in Istanbul that summer and reviews our own, and other, social science research on the protests and the protestors. We focus on who the protestors were and why they protested, as opposed to the less engaged actions of visiting the protests or following them in the media.

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Humor, Amnesia, and Making Place

Constitutive Acts of the Subject in Gezi Park, Istanbul

Christopher Houston and Banu Senay

2008: 374 ). Given this methodological dilemma, our chosen strategy to document the claim that participation in the Gezi Park protests produced a changed political subject is to compare a selection of anti-government humor from pre-Gezi Park activists

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

has been affected by massive anti-government protests; contestations around elections; the interruption of presidential mandates due to impeachment, military interference or pressure from the streets, often followed by unpopular interim governments

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“Where Is the New Constitution?”

Public Protest and Community-Building in Post–Economic Collapse Iceland

Timothy Heffernan

government scandal. In the decade following the collapse of Iceland's commercial banking sector in October 2008, feelings of distrust toward politicians continue to be rehearsed through the organization of large anti-government demonstrations. In the winter

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

chanting “live free or die” without irony. For the partisan opposition, the meaning of the disaster is proof of decades of radical anti-government ideology, unchecked corporate and political corruption, delegitimation of knowledge-producing institutions

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"Our Future Is Already in Jeopardy"

Duress and the Palimpsest of Violence of Two CAR Student Refugees in the DRC

Maria Catherina Wilson Janssens

against the current regime; the regular insecurity in Bangui) affect the connectivity and hence the use of social media. References AFP (Agence France-Presse) . 2015 . “ Chinese Become Targets in DR Congo Anti-government Riots. ” Mail , 25 January

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Ruy Llera Blanes

political speech, or as an effect that shapes people's everyday experiences—the idea of “living with austerity” ( Knight and Stewart 2016 ). In this respect, the growing anti-governmental contestation that is unfolding in Angola (see Blanes 2015 , 2017

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Artificial Intelligence

Faith in Machine or Man?

Jan Martijn Meij

of the book serves to trace those causes back to propaganda, which helps explain the rise of anti-government sentiments and a lack of support to address climate change. BM problematizes not so much capitalism but rather the more sinister version in

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Staying Tuned

Connections beyond ‘the Field’

Geoffrey Hughes and Anna-Maria Walter

“Zionized agent,” a creature of American intelligence, and other assorted treachery, while Dr. A was accused of being one of the “devils of the Hirak”—an anti-government social movement in Jordan dating back to before the Arab Spring. Dr. A had firm

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Colonising ‘Free’ Will

A Critique of Political Decolonisation in Ghana

Bernard Forjwuor

?’ understood critique to mean an attitude that turns toward anti-governmentality, in which case critique remains primarily an act of radical insubordination to normative structures. For Foucault, critique suspends normative grounds of thinking and demands ‘not