Linguistic landscape of Gezi Park protests in Turkey
A discourse analysis of graffiti
Gezi Park protests that rocked Turkey in 2013 left a significant mark in the country’s collective memory and contributed to the construction of a new language of political resistance. To challenge an increasingly authoritarian government, the protesters used novel repertoires of contention, particularly political graffiti. To better understand different types of linguistic and symbolic communication tools used in the public space during Gezi Park protests and their impact on different set of audiences, this article explores the following research questions: (i) What indexical properties are used in the languages used in graffiti, and what do they mean for understanding the various audiences that the protesters engaged? (ii) What counter-narratives are created in the graffiti produced during Gezi Park protests?
Keywords: Linguistic landscape, indexicality, social protests, graffiti, Turkey, Turkish politics, Gezi Park, protest movements, collective action, resistance, Mediated Discourse Analysis (MDA)
Published online: 27 June 2017
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