Istanbul, City of the Fearless: urban activism, coup d'état, and memory in Turkey

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Based on extensive field research in Turkey, Istanbul, City of the Fearless explores social movements and the broader practices of civil society in Istanbul in the critical years before and after the 1980 military coup, the defining event in the neoliberal reengineering of the city. Bringing together developments in anthropology, urban studies, cultural geography, and social theory, it offers new insights into the meaning and study of urban violence, military rule, activism and spatial tactics, relations between political factions and ideologies, and political memory and commemoration. Its theoretical and conceptual contributions have implications far beyond its particular focus on Istanbul. This book is both a social history and an anthropological study, investigating how activist practices and the coup not only contributed to the “globalization” of Istanbul beginning in the 1980s but also exerted their force and influence into the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOakland, USA
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages227
ISBN (Electronic)9780520974678
ISBN (Print)9780520343207, 9780520343191
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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