Contemporary Political Theory

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 417–426 | Cite as

Public space, material worlds, and democratic aspirations

  • Çiğdem ÇıdamEmail author
Critical Exchange

This critical exchange is precipitated by recent incidents around the world wherein claims for greater participation, or protests against state repression, have unfolded as mass events in public spaces. These events, both aspirational and tragic, press us to understand the roles that geography and space play in making democratic participation viable. The contributors focus on public spaces from Turkey to Egypt to Venezuela to Canada to Great Britain; on parks, squares, monuments, shopping centers, soccer fields, barrios, and check points; and on democratic practices that utilize street art, graffiti, “Peoples’ Constitutions,” sign-up sheets, and role-playing to reimagine what communities and states could be.

Memory, lived spaces, and street art: Politics of resistance against non-space

In June 2013, Taksim Square’s Gezi Park housed one of the most significant democratic protests in the Turkish Republic’s history. The events caught many by surprise. What started out as a symbolic act,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Union CollegeSchenectadyUSA

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