The Possibilities and limitations of articulation and political subjectification mechanisms in Turkey

Akgün, Recep
This thesis analyzes the articulation and political subjectifications in the contemporary radical popular and mass political experiences. It aims to respond how the radical contemporary popular and mass political experiences become possible and delimited. It indicates the theoretical and analytical limits of the universalist and essentialist perspectives. Also, it criticizes the perspectives that neglect the role of the agency and the local social and political conditions. Thus, it concentrates upon the Turkey and explores the social movements and political experiences during AKP era in the case of the Gezi events and People’s Democratic Party (HDP). From an empirical standpoint, it contributes to the theoretical discussions on the ontology of politics and on the workings of the contemporary political articulations and subjectifications emerged within the post-structuralist thought. For this task, it presents how the political and social conditions, political dispositions and the habitus of the agents make possible and delimited the Gezi and HDP during AKP era. According to the conceptual framework and the cases’ findings, the study shows the role of the agents, local conjunctures and conditions making possible and delimiting the contemporary radical articulations and political subjectifications.