An Impromptu Uprising: Ethnographic Reflections on the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey

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This Hot Spots series addresses the antigovernment protests that first sprang up in Gezi Park, Taksim, in Istanbul in the summer of 2013, and later spread to much of Turkey. The brief essays presented here each approach this uprising from a different angle, trying to decipher the new social forms that Gezi Park generated. These protests pushed anthropologists to think outside the box in their efforts to understand the event, moving beyond older frames of analysis. The series editors, Umut Yildirim and Yael Navaro-Yashin, each provide an introductory editorial.

Posts in This Series

Editorial—An Uprising on the Verge of Comparison

Editorial—An Uprising on the Verge of Comparison

Just three days after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in various cities across Turkey in opposition to the authoritarian government on May 31, 2... More

Editorial—Breaking Memory, Spoiling Memorization: The Taksim Protests in Istanbul

Editorial—Breaking Memory, Spoiling Memorization: The Taksim Protests in Istanbul

The government of Turkey wanted to refashion Taksim Square, the public space most symbolically representative of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. Prime... More

Masculinized Power, Queered Resistance

Masculinized Power, Queered Resistance

On the morning of July 1, exhausted from the first night of clashes with the riot police but still upbeat, the crowd of young male soccer fans with eyes red fro... More

The What of Occupation: “You Took Our Cemetery, You Won’t Have Our Park!”

The What of Occupation: “You Took Our Cemetery, You Won’t Have Our Park!”

Retrospectively, it became a foreboding. Or, in other words, reality came to grimly echo the creative intervention of an Armenian youth group in Gezi Park. Shor... More