Persistent Activist Communication in Occupy Gezi

Sociology, Forthcoming

33 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2017 Last revised: 8 Apr 2017

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Dan Mercea

City University London - School of Social Sciences

Duygu Karatas

University of Westminster

Marco T. Bastos

City University London - School of Social Sciences

Date Written: March 31, 2017

Abstract

We revisit the notion of activist persistence against the backdrop of protest communication on Twitter. We take an event-based approach and examine Occupy Gezi, a series of protests that occurred in Turkey in the early summer of 2013. By cross-referencing survey data with longitudinal Twitter data and in-depth interviews, we investigate the relationship between biographical availability, relational and organisational ties, social and personal costs to persistent activism online and on-location. Contrary to expectations, we find no clear-cut relationship between those factors and sustained commitment to participation in the occupation. We show that persistent activist communication did not feed into enduring organisational structures despite the continuous online activity observed during and beyond the peak of the Gezi occupation. The article concludes with reflections on the organisational ramifications of persistent communication and its significance in a political context posing high risks to participation in dissident politics.

Keywords: Activism, Availability, Organisation, Occupy Gezi, Persistence, Twitter

Suggested Citation

Mercea, Dan and Karatas, Duygu and Bastos, Marco Toledo, Persistent Activist Communication in Occupy Gezi (March 31, 2017). Sociology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2944356 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2944356

Dan Mercea (Contact Author)

City University London - School of Social Sciences ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Duygu Karatas

University of Westminster ( email )

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

Marco Toledo Bastos

City University London - School of Social Sciences ( email )

London
United Kingdom

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