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The emancipated city: notes on Gezi revolts

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal for Cultural Research
Issue number4
Volume18
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)315-328
Publication statusPublished
Early online date17/09/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The article deals with 2013 revolts in Turkey as an attempt at inventing a link between the particular and the universal. To start with, I briefly discuss the history of Turkish republicanism and the transformation of its relation to secularism, economy and the state. Then I turn to the political dimension of the revolts, focusing on the iconic figures of subjectivity that emerged during the events. In this respect, the practical and theoretical tension between mobility and immobility is emphasized, arguing that it is what constitutes the destabilizing aspect of the revolts in relation to both Islamic neo-liberalism and neo-liberal Islam. This is followed by a discussion of the reactionary views on the revolts combined with a critique of their political-theological leitmotivs. The pivot around which these moves are undertaken and the terms of the discussion are determined is the concept of event.