Democratic Potential of Creative Political Protest

Critical Studies 3:20-31 (2017)
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Fuat Gürsözlü
Loyola University Maryland
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From Cairo to Occupy Wall Street, from Istanbul Gezi Park to DANS protests in Sofia, in recent public sphere movements we have witnessed the emergence of a new wave of creative protest. The surge of creative forms of political action brings to the fore the question of democratic potential of creative political protest. This paper explores in what ways creative protest could deepen democracy. I argue that creative political protest nurtures democracy by generating a peaceful culture of resistance and by providing a peaceful way of responding to politics of intolerance and polarization.
Keywords Political Protest  Democracy  Creativity  Public Sphere Movements
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