The Gezi Park Movement Essay
Even though a lot has been said about the Gezi protest, social class analysis of those protesting has often been overlooked. The common assumption in literature is that the Gezi Park protestors consist of well-educated, middle-class youths; therefore, the movement considered as a middle class and upper-middle class movement. However, none of the studies provide a complete analysis of the class dimension of the Gezi protests. This study focuses solely on the class analysis of the Gezi Park protests and tries to answer the following questions: Was Gezi movement simply a middle-class/upper-middle class movement, like most of the scholars argue? What was the role of the subordinated classes in Gezi protests? And finally, what role did social class play in the Gezi Park movement?
During and after the protests various organizations conducted quantitative research to explore the ideological and political profiles of the Gezi Park protestors. The first study is carried out by Bilgic and Kafkasli (2013). In this report, they argue that Gezi protest, apart from a conventional social movement, is