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Elif Babül


Gezi Resistance, Police Violence, and Turkey’s Accession to the European Union

[Riot police attack protesters in Gezi Park, 31 May 2013. Photo by Eren Aytuğ/Nar Photos.]

Many stakeholders inside and outside Turkey are waiting for the 2013 European Union (EU) progress report on the country, which is scheduled to be released on 16 October. According to the news leaks that have started to appear in various media outlets, the report is expected to contain fierce criticisms regarding the government’s handling of the Gezi Park protests, limits on the freedom of expression and freedom of press, and the deceleration of the reform process in the ...

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Elif Babül


Elif Babül is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College. Along with her primary specialization in national and transnational mechanisms of governance and the politics of human rights in Turkey, her research interests include everyday forms of state power and political authority, citizenship and national belonging, and the politics of gender in Turkey and the Middle East.