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Beyond the iconic protest images: the performance of ‘everyday life’ on social media during Gezi Park

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posted on 19.02.2019, 16:05 by Aidan McGarry, Olu Jenzen, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Itir Erhart, Umut Korkut
Using the Gezi Park protests as a case study this article considers the performative component of protest movements including how and why protestors actively produce protest activity ‘on the ground’ and how this is expressed through visual images. It looks beyond iconic images which appear as emblematic of the protest and instead shifts our focus to consider the more ‘everyday’ or mundane activities which occur during a protest occupation, and explores how social media allows these images to have expressive and communicative dimensions. In this respect, protests can be performed through humdrum activities and this signifies a political voice which is communicated visually. The research is based on visual analysis of Twitter data and reveals methodological innovation in understanding how protestors communicate.

Funding

The authors would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for their support in funding the ‘Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey’ (AH/N004779/1) project.

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  • Loughborough University London

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Social Movement Studies

Citation

MCGARRY, A. ... et al, 2019. Beyond the iconic protest images: the performance of ‘everyday life’ on social media during Gezi Park. Social Movement Studies, 18 (3), pp.284-304.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Movement Studies on 9 January 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14742837.2018.1561259.

Acceptance date

13/12/2018

Publication date

2019-01-09

ISSN

1474-2837

eISSN

1474-2829

Language

en

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