Tanış Zaferoğlu, Duygu
This Ph.D. dissertation analyses the role of political activists in a local space in terms of creating counter-hegemonic practices based on field research carried in Tuzluçayır in Ankara/Turkey. In this sense, the role of the organic intellectuals in a specific neighborhood as driving forces of a potential counter-hegemony is questioned through operationalizing the Gramscian concepts hegemony, counter-hegemony and organic intellectuals. The main question is what is the role of the organic intellectuals in acting with the masses in terms of realizing their social reality and leading the masses to be the protagonists of social change? In this sense, this study argues that a neighborhood could be influential in terms of creating organic intellectuals and canalizing residents into political activism. Here, the political organizations in the neighborhood is important in terms of creating an “alternative” to the existing political system by resisting to the political and cultural hegemony. This study uses the Gramscian concepts of common sense, folklore and language which lead the way to understand the relation between ideology and hegemony. With reference to Gramsci, the relation between intellectuals and the people is questioned in terms of establishing a counter-hegemonic project that necessitates not only economic but also an intellectual leadership. The study questions the relation of being an “organic intellectual” in Tuzluçayır linking the neighborhood to its space and history.


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Citation Formats
D. Tanış Zaferoğlu, “THE ROLE OF POLITICAL ACTIVISTS IN COUNTER-HEGEMONY FORMATION: A CASE STUDY ON TUZLUÇAYIR/ANKARA,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.