Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere: National Expansion of an Urban Movement

Hayriye Özen

Özgür Avcı

Focusing on Gezi protests, this study examines how and with what consequences urban protests disseminate nationally. Using the conceptual tools developed by Ernesto Laclau, it argues that Gezi protests established equivalential relation among a series of frustrated social demands. In this way, Gezi protests divides the social into two camps as the ‘power’ on the one side and as the ‘underdog’ on the other side, leading to the mobilization of the latter against the former. National dissemination of Gezi protests produced important consequences: it brought urban and environmental issues, which have been long neglected by the government, to the top of the political agenda, on the one hand, and forced the government both to take the social demand related with the Gezi Park into account, and to accept, though reluctantly, that environmentalist groups have the right to protest and to voice environmental concerns.

Keywords: Gezi Park, Taksim, Gezi protests, Gezi movement, urban and environmental protests.

Language: Turkish

Suggested Citation: Özen, Hayriye and Özgür Avcı. 2013. Her Yer Taksim Her Yer Direniş: Kentsel Bir Hareketin Ulusal Yayılımı. (Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere: National Expansion of an Urban Movement). Atılım Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi 3(1-2), 31-45.

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