By Berna Turam
Drawing on greater than seven years of fieldwork in 3 contested city sites—a downtown local and a college campus in Istanbul, and a Turkish local in Berlin—Berna Turam indicates how democratic contestation echoes via city area. Countering universal assumptions that Turkey is strongly polarized among Islamists and secularists, she illustrates how contested city house encourages inventive politics, the type of politics that increase rights, expression, and illustration shared among pious and secular teams. remarkable moments of protest, just like the contemporary Gezi protests which bookend this research, provide transparent exterior indicators of upheaval and disruption, however it is the typical contestation and interplay that forge alliances and encourage switch. eventually, Turam argues that the method of democratization isn't the aid of clash, yet relatively the ability to shape new alliances out of conflict.
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