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Persistent Activist Communication in Occupy Gezi

Mercea, D., Karatas, D. & Bastos, M. T. (2018). Persistent Activist Communication in Occupy Gezi. Sociology, 52(5), pp. 915-933. doi: 10.1177/0038038517695061


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.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors. © 2017 SAGE.
Publisher Keywords: activism, availability, organisation, Occupy Gezi, persistence, Twitter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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