In this chapter, we take as a point of observation the 2013 Occupy movement in Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park to discuss practices of citizenship in the contemporary neoliberal city. Through study of this urban contestation, we find that beyond the invited spaces of participation, invented spaces of activism play a critical role in asserting citizens’ rights to the city and counter-development of exclusionary urban projects. Our special focus is with the symbolic and performative aspects of strategies that activists use to resist aggressively market-based urban development projects. We highlight these innovative forms of action as effective insurgent practices of citizenship with specific urban development outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of International Development
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781137427243
ISBN (Print)9781137427236
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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