Being there: the 2013 anti-government protests in Istanbul, Turkey
Wayne Leach, Colin and Çelik, Ayşe Betül and Bilali, Rezarta and Çidam, Atilla and Stewart, Andrew L. (2016) Being there: the 2013 anti-government protests in Istanbul, Turkey. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 4 (1-2). pp. 25-37. ISSN 2330-1392 (Online)
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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