Capuling during and after Gezi - the Formation of a New Identity of a Young Liberalized Generation in Turkey.
While Turkey offers a long tradition of protest, the Gezi rebellion was a young protest movement, being formed by a highly educated and secular generation. The young protesters were reversing the swearword "Ҫapulcu" (looter), with which the Turkish prime minister tried to denounce the protestors as dregs of society in the first place, to the central self definition of the rioters. The word became synonymous for those young revolting people in Turkey, who do not feel attached nor represented by their state and its leading parties. Ҫapulcuthus does not only represent a young generations´ new identity but is rooted in their shared notion for a political culture of participation from below.
The paper argues that the Gezi protests represent a socio-economically lost young Turkish generation, which was given the opportunity to find and frame a collective identity. This identity is not only expressed by creative, humorous and artistic action practices, but also by a political culture of participation, which was established during Gezi. The guiding question is: What societal needs triggered the identity and the modes of action of the Ҫapulcu and what is the movements outcome?