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'OccupyBufferZone': practices of borderline resistance in a space of exception

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posted on 16.10.2014, 09:24 by Marco AntonsichMarco Antonsich
This article focuses on the practices of resistance organised by a group of Cypriot activists in the Buffer Zone that separates the island of Cyprus into two sovereign entities, the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Being a space where the territorialising norm of these two entities is suspended, the Buffer Zone constitutes a space of exception. By drawing on a post-colonial reading of this Agambenian notion, the article analyses the specifics of a 'terrain of resistance' deliberately located in the exception. It argues that rather than being a dispossessing condition, the exception might actually be empowering, because it offers the activists a terrain from which to contest the very norm that they are escaping. The article also critically reflects on the limits of this tactic, by revealing how power might adopt counter-exceptions aimed at reterritorialising exceptional spaces that no longer work to its advantage. The OccupyBufferZone (OBZ) experience also allows for a series of theoretical considerations that can illuminate further the notion of 'terrain of resistance'.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

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Area

Volume

45

Issue

2

Pages

170 - 178

Citation

ANTONSICH, M., 2013. 'OccupyBufferZone': practices of borderline resistance in a space of exception. Area, 45 (2), pp. 170 - 178.

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© The Author. Area © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2013

Notes

This is the accepted version of the following article: ANTONSICH, M., 2013. 'OccupyBufferZone': practices of borderline resistance in a space of exception. Area, 45 (2), pp. 170 - 178., which has been published in final form at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/area.12005/pdf.

ISSN

0004-0894

eISSN

1475-4762

Language

en

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