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Ayça Alemdaroglu


From Cynicism to Protest: Reflections on Youth and Politics in Turkey

[Gezi Park, 4 June 2013. Photo by Carole Woodall.]

The recent uprisings in Turkey indicated a transformation of youth cynicism into a widespread protest against the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) government’s conservative and autocratic policies. This transformation demands a new way of thinking about youth and politics in the country. If nothing else, young people can no longer be easily characterized as politically apathetic.  In June 2013, Turkey witnessed young people going out onto the streets to defend ...

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Ayça Alemdaroglu


Ayça Alemdaroglu is a lecturer in Introductory and Urban Studies Programs at Stanford University. She studied political science and sociology at the Middle East Technical and Bilkent Universities in Turkey. She completed her PhD in sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her research and teaching interests include social inequality and change, youth experiences, gender and sexuality, experiences of modernity, commercialization of education, nationalism and eugenics. Selected publications include: “The Politics of the Body in Early Republican Turkey: The Regulation of the Human Body and Eugenic Discourse,” Body & Society 11(3): 61-76, 2005; “Eugenics, Modernity, and Nationalism,” in Social Histories of Disability and Deformity, edited by David Turner and Kevin Stagg, London, New York: Routledge, 2006; and “Masculinities on the Internet” (with Neslihan Demirtas, in Turkish), Toplum ve Bilim (Society and Science), Fall 2004.