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Cultural Activism and Occupy Movement: Contemporary Methods for Communication of Socio-Spatial Discontents?

“Cities—including their sub-urban peripheries—have become increasingly important geographical targets and institutional laboratories for a variety of neoliberal policy experiments, […] urban development corporations, public-private partnerships […] The overarching goal of such neoliberal urban policy experiments is to mobilize city space as an arena both for market-oriented economic growth and for elite consumption practices.”1 As the above string of ideas by ...

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Poverty Measures: How to Interpret the Implications?

In 2015 election campaign promises, Justice and Development Party (AKP) publicly declared that it would continue to commit its previous social policies, such as universal healthcare, that have been supposedly reduced the poverty to a considerable degree since it first took office in 2002. As a proof of this success, it is asserted that there is no people left under ...

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Hisar School Certificate Program

Hisar School Certificate Program

PS:EUROPE Hisar School Certificate Program titled Democratization Workshop was held on April 3 and 10 in Istanbul Bilgi University. The first day of the workshop started with the speeches of PS:EUROPE Research Fellows Edgar Şar and Alphan Telek on secularism, on the second day, Didem Seyis and Seren Selvin Korkmaz gave a speech on identity. After the speeches of PS:EUROPE ...

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Hisar School: Democratization Workshop

PS:EUROPE holds its first Hisar School Certificate Program under the name of “Democratization Workshop”. The program will begin with PS:EUROPE researchers’ presentations on their research areas and proceed with brainstorming sessions. For further information in Turkish please visit http://ps-europe.org/tr/hisar-okulu-demokratiklesme-atolyesi/ http://ps-europe.org/tr/hisar-okulu-demokratiklesme-atolyesi/

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Social Media and Migration

social media and migration

In the context of migration, Internet means ‘death of distance’ and it transforms the traditional understanding of migrant networks and migration processes by adding a new dimension. The below analysis provides an overview on the role of social networking sites, the most popular sites on the Internet, in the context of migration discourse by focusing on; migrant integration, diaspora engagement ...

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Physical Self-conception in the Case of Displaced Children

Physical self-conception in the case of displaced children

This article proposes a short overview on the benefits that body movement and sports can offer for contributing to rehabilitation of displaced children. After considering diverse aspects of traumas caused by displacement in children, I will give accounts from experiences of working on body movement with children in different cases, trying to frame general common conclusions from them. This article ...

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The Case of Alevis in Turkey: A Perpetual Discrimination Story

The Case of Alevis in Turkey: A Perpetual Discrimination Story

This analysis basically concentrates on the case of Alevis in Turkey and offers a snapshot of the discrimination towards the community. European Union countries such as Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, which have migrant Alevi population, began to recognize Alevilik as a religious belief and to ensure equality in the public realm. However, the question turned into a vicious circle in ...

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Reconsidering Our Lenses of Neoliberalism and Democracy

Reconsidering Our Lenses of Neoliberalism and Democracy

Recent studies on the spatial inequalities in the urban sphere in Turkey underscore increasing social injustice arising from urban regeneration projects and strives for participation of local people in the decision-making process of these projects. However, in comparison to extensive and comprehensive power of this new urbanism, ability to resist it looks hardly possible, if not unrealizable. I argue that ...

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Violence in the World of Symbolic Order and Psychoanalysis

As a concept violence is not one of the key notions of psychoanalysis. In Freud, we cannot see violence instead; aggression, anger sadism, masochism, pain and pleasure, crime and punishment and fear can be seen in his works. These whole concepts are used by him to explain construction of ego and subjectivity. After Freud, violence stably maintains its secondary place ...

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The Changing View of the Turkish Constitutional Court in Defining the Laiklik

The Changing View of the Turkish Constitutional Court in Defining the Laiklik

The definition of secularism is taken to be the most contested issue in the study and literature of secularism. For it is, first of all, a multi-dimensional issue. Some emphasize on secularism as a state doctrine, while others approach secularism as a social reality attributing it with the decline of religiosity and institutional differentiation. In a cross-cultural and cross-geographical classification, ...

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