Defending the City: Taksim Solidarity


ELİÇİN ARIKAN Y.

JOURNAL OF BALKAN AND NEAR EASTERN STUDIES, vol.19, no.2, pp.105-120, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/19448953.2015.1096139
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF BALKAN AND NEAR EASTERN STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.105-120

Abstract

The neo-liberal urban policies imposed under authoritarian policymaking triggered an important urban movement during May-June 2013 in Istanbul. A group called Taksim Solidarity (TS) arose behind this astonishing urban movement that the city and country had never witnessed before. It was a call for more transparent consulting, regulation and supervision stages in urban planning. Consisting of people from a wide spectrum of fields, it provided a much-needed political platform where people could put their ideas forward and create political synergy, in itself an extremely important factor in contesting the project. Based on a qualitative study, the present paper tries to understand the most important factors behind the Gezi resistance, and analyse the dynamics which saw more than 120 different organizations gather under the TS banner.