Europeanization of civil society in Turkey : legacy of the #Occupygezi movement
Title: Europeanization of civil society in Turkey : legacy of the #Occupygezi movement
Author: KAYA, Ayhan
Citation: Turkish studies, 2017, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 125-156
ISSN: 1468-3849; 1743-9663
As a clear depiction of unconventional forms of civic and political participation, the Occupygezi movement has revealed that a more comprehensive approach is needed to understand the deep socio-political drives underpinning the Turkish bid for EU membership. Focusing on three different framings, namely Euroenthusiastic, Euro-sceptic and critical Europeanist frames, developed by civil society organizations in Turkey since the 1999 Helsinki Summit, this article will analyze the transformative effect of the Occupygezi movement on various civil society groups which had previously been Euro-sceptic. Subsequently, the article will claim that the critical Europeanist frame has recently become stronger. Methodologically, the article will be based on a literature survey on the civil society actors, as well as discourse analysis of some particular associations, trade unions and the media organizations in relation to their changing perception of the EU before and after the Occupygezi movement.
Received 26 Jul 2016, Accepted 17 Oct 2016, Published online: 28 Nov 2016
Type of Access: openAccess
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