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Zeynep Gambetti

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Occupy Gezi as Politics of the Body

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Since the Gezi resistance started with bloodshed on 31 May, it has had an “anti-depressant” effect, as a friend of mine puts it, as much as it has been nerve-racking. During this period where each day has been prone to new crises and normalcy was completely disrupted, we simultaneously experienced the peaks of ecstasy and the depths of sorrow. Analyzing such an intense event naturally requires taking some distance. Pending systematization, however, the vivid memory of each ...

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The Gezi Resistance as Surplus Value

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Was it a few trees, was it the Turkish Spring, or was it a nationalist reflex? Attempts to label and appropriate the surplus value created at Gezi Park in Istanbul demonstrate that it will indeed be very difficult to subsume the mass of energy generated there under existing perceptional categories. The reason why I prefer using the term “surplus value” is not to come up with a new categorization; on the contrary, I am only trying to suggest a few reasons why the Gezi ...

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Zeynep Gambetti

 

Zeynep Gambetti is associate professor of political theory at Boğazici University. She is the co-editor of Rhetorics of Insecurity: Belonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era (New York University Press, 2013).