Over the last decade, anti-government demonstrations worldwide have brought together individuals and groups that were often assumed unlikely to unite for a common cause due to differences in ideological tendencies. They have particularly highlighted the role of youth, women, social media, and football clubs in establishing unusual alliances between far left and far right groups and/or secular and religious segments of the society.
In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors question to what extent political ideologies have lost their explanatory power in contemporary politics and society. This book aims to contribute to the ongoing debates about the relationship between ideology and public protests by introducing the global context that allows the comparison of societies in different parts of the world in order to reveal the general patterns underlying the global era.
Tackling a highly topical issue, this book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of international relations, social movements and globalization.
Introduction by Barrie Axford, Didem Buhari Gulmez and Seckin Baris Gulmez
Section I— Dissent, Connectivity and Communication in a post-ideological world
1. "Mere connection? The transformative impact of new media on insurrectionary and usual politics" by Barrie Axford
2." Anti-Austerity Protest and Democratic Vision: The Struggle for a New Politics – The case of the Greek ‘Do Not Pay’ Social Movement" by Maria Rovisco, Anastasia Veneti and Stamatis Poulakidakos
3. "The role of social media-based citizen journalism practices in the formation of contemporary protest movements" by Erkan Saka
Section II— Comparative perspectives on social change and political activism
4. "Common Man’s upsurge against a ‘common nuisance’: The curious case of anti-corruption movement in India" by Mona Das
5. "The ‘New’ Tahrir Square: From Protesting to Occupying Public Sphere as a Global Pattern of Contestation" by Shaimaa Magued
6. "Resisting the World Cup in Brazil: when the global clashes with the urban" by Sérgio Veloso
7. "The ‘Euromaidan’, Democracy, and Political Values in Ukraine" by Ivan Katchanovski
Section III— Exploring Gezi Park protests: Different actors, different perspectives
8. "Right to the City: Insurgent Citizens of the Occupy Gezi Movement" by Ayhan Kaya
9. "Placing Gezi Park in Time" by Ozge Dilaver
10. "Understanding Turkey through ‘Gezi Park’: Revolt of a ‘Multitude’ Against the Islamist Government?" by Kemal Çiftçi
11. "Reconceptualizing State-Society Relations in Turkey: a Culture of Contestation from Gezi and Beyond" by Harriet Fildes
The core theme of the series is ‘global connectivities’ and the implications and outcomes of global and transnational processes in history and in the contemporary world. The series aims to promote greater theoretical innovation and inter-disciplinarity in the academic study of global transformations. The understanding of globalization that it employs accords centrality to forms and processes of political, social, cultural and economic connectivity (and disconnectivity) and relations between the global and the local. The series’ editors see the multi-disciplinary exploration of ‘global connectivities’ as contributing, not only to an understanding of the nature and direction of current global and transnational transformations, but also to recasting the intellectual agenda of the social sciences.
The series aims to publish high quality work by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with key issues in the study of global and transnational politics. It will comprise research monographs, edited collections and advanced textbooks for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.
Series Editor: Sandra Halperin
Founding Series Editors: Sandra Halperin & Chris Rumford.