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Resisting the public at Gezi Park and beyond

12 The queer common: resisting the public at Gezi Park and beyond Paul Gordon Kramer This struggle is not something you can do on your own. There is a huge world out there just waiting to humiliate you, kill you – you need to be together to face all these threats. (Sedef Çakmak, Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (Republican People’s Party), interview with author, Istanbul, 28 February 2014) Millions of people across Turkey protested against police violence, state totalitarianism, urban gentrification and a host of other concerns during the Gezi Park protests in late May

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and backlash from majority groups and are illustrative of pushback that occurs when ‘in’ groups are required to go beyond tolerance of clearly defined minority ‘out’ groups, having their perspectives decentred and being expected to change behaviour, and are useful for considering intergroup ethics. This chapter proposes the fruitful combination of queer ethics, post-tolerance political theory and the social psychology concept of ‘allophilia’ (love for the other) (Pittinsky, Rosenthal and Montoya 2011) as potential positive and practical alternative modes of relating

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Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

illegalism, propaganda of the deed, revolutionary warfare, and the evolution of post-millennial, insurrectionary networks of attack. In attempting to trace this evolutionary genealogy, we will examine the strategy of Blanquism, the contribution of “classical anarchists,” the influence of the largely French, post-millennial theorists such as Tiqqun and TIC, and the contributions of shorter, anonymously authored publications. Following this account, we will focus on the contributions of Queer insurrectionary THEORY, TEXT, AND STRATEGY 135 praxis before examining the

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-sanctioned relationship recognition and its potential effects on same-sex couples, LGBT communities as well as the institution of marriage. Although these deliberations have proven both passionate and extensive, neither scholars nor activists have come to agreement on this issue. Many sexuality scholars, especially those working within the rubric of queer theory, remain sceptical of marriage and its ability to further the emancipatory aspirations of sexuality movements. These arguments have been countered by certain legal scholars and political theorists, who argue that the symbolism

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tended to be stereotyped by queer theorists as separatist and deriving from old-fashioned, unreflective essentialism. Linda Garber (2001: 128) points out that in some queer theory (citing Haraway) Rich is caricatured and ‘reduce[d] to a sort of synecdoche for radical feminism’; while elsewhere (she cites Butler) key concepts such as compulsory heterosexuality are co-opted while their radical and lesbian-feminist roots are silenced or dismissed. While a full analysis of this phenomenon (which in any case Garber and others have more than adequately dealt with) is beyond

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Making and disrupting identity

theory and the notion of the ‘public sphere’ to understand how populations are governed in Chapter 12. Using the concept of the queer common, questions of identity are explored through space and sexuality in the case of the Gezi Park protests in Turkey in 2013 and the role of the LGBTQ community in state–societal relations. Kramer’s study points to a complex relationship between those considered ‘outside’ the state and those considered to constitute the ‘norm’ and institutions of the state. In the final chapter, using queer theory, Lucy Nicholas critically explores the

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Critical theory and the affective turn

poststructuralism of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; the queer theory of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; the literary and cultural criticism of Lauren Berlant; the affect theory of Brian Massumi; the deconstructionism of Jacques Derrida; the theories of the postmodern of Jean-​François Lyotard and Fredric Jameson; the cosmopolitanism of Seyla Benhabib; the cyborg feminism of Donna Haraway; the post-​secular rationalism of Jürgen Habermas; the socialist-​ humanism of Zygmunt Bauman; and the ubiquitous Lacanian-​ Hegelianism of Slavoj Žižek, to name just some of the most prominent

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place of process, act, satisfaction, and so truly keep the promise of dialectical logic that it would culminate in its origin. None of the abstract concepts come closer to the fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace’; Adorno, Minima Moralia, 157. 5 Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions (London: Verso, 2005), xiii. 6 Wendy Brown, ‘Resisting Left Melancholy’, boundary 2 26/​3 (1999): 26. For a critique of Brown’s argument from a queer perspective, see Heather Love, Feeling Backward:  Loss and the

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Narrative identity and Homeland

neoliberal citizen subject (Faludi 2007) and been used to police the correct engagement with the state for queer people (Puar 2007). Terrorism stories reuse and rearticulate ideas about race and gender to make sense of terrorism, whilst these identity categories go on to support continued counter-terrorist violence and to establish particular gendered and raced ways of being and belonging. Scholars have shown how comic books (Dittmer 2005), popular fiction (Carroll 2011), television dramas (Takacs 2012; Van Veeren 2009), video games (Robinson 2015), horror movies (Briefel

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