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“Sofa and Facebook or tent and Syntagma”: understanding global resistance movements from Syntagma to Tahrir

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posted on 01.03.2017, 09:51 by Ali Bilgic
This article proposes a conceptual guideline with the objective of understanding the political, economic and social complexities of contemporary street/square protests. It will be argued that contemporary protest movements can be understood from a conceptual perspective that effectively integrates individuals (their minds and bodies) and spaces to the approach of “multitude”. This guideline consists of three moves: conceptualizing individualistic dimension; space dimension; and collective dimension. In the first section, resisting individuals as cognitive and material beings with the acknowledgement of their multiple subjectivities will be discussed. As the second pillar of the movements, the relationship between resisting individuals and space of resistance will be unpacked. It will be highlighted that the contemporary resistance movements develop a novel relationship with the space they occupy by respatializing it as “home of resistance”. Finally, the multitude approach will be discussed in relation to the radical democratic approach in order to conceptualize the collective dimension of the movements.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Global Affairs

Volume

2

Issue

1

Pages

79 - 90

Citation

BILGIC, A., 2016. “Sofa and Facebook or tent and Syntagma”: understanding global resistance movements from Syntagma to Tahrir. Global Affairs, 2 (1), pp. 79-90.

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© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

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

2016-05-09

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Global Affairs on 9 May 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23340460.2016.1154350.

ISSN

2334-0460

eISSN

2334-0479

Language

en

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