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Gezi Park protests in Turkey: new opportunities, old boundaries?

Author(s): Ilker Atac, Ayse Dursun

In: Oesterreichische Zeitschrift fuer Politikwissenschaft, Vol 42, No 4, 2013, pp. 443-450

The article deals with the Gezi Park protests against the demolition of a public park in Istanbul in May 2013, which turned into nationwide protests against the government.  One source of these protests can be located in the conservative-religious neo-liberalism of the ruling AKP. The fundamental thesis  of the authors defines the protests as an expression of a search for new spheres and forms of participatory politics, as an alternative to institutional structures.