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Research on Cultural Studies

Edited By Mehmet Ali Icbay, Hasan Arslan and Francesco Sidoti

This book is a collection of papers written by researchers, lawyers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of law, communication and arts. The topics include women rights in Turkey, witness statement as evidence in Turkish law, legal regulations about organ or tissue trafficking, the new social movements in Turkey, humorous discourse on social media or the traditional country fairs in Turkey.

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New Social Movements in Turkey and The Role of the Alternetive Media in Framing Contention: Case of the Others’ Post

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1. Introduction

The study of social movements has been a lively, complex and major field of research in sociology especially since 1960s. Defined in various ways, social movements have a strong link with social change whether it is a change of perspective or a system. Such a hope for change surely goes hand in hand with the structural transformations occurringat a global scale and their reflections on cultural, political, and social realms in different places and times. In light of this structural formation, it is clear that new media, and information and communication technologies have been an inevitable part of the new social movements for various reasons such as raising public awareness, disseminating information, and building solidarity. Through the use of these technologies, we experience a radical transformation in the nature of activism and the concept of ‘political’ supported by new conceptions of citizenship, community, participation, expression, and repertoires of contention. Herein, while computer mediated communication remains vital, social media especially stands as a space for contentious politics. However, before unfolding the role of alternative media in framing contention, it is necessary to trace the context and dynamics which contention stems from, namely the fabric of late modern society.

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