Seçil and Sefa: Protest as an Act of Belonging
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This chapter describes a case of two activists, Seçil and Sefa, whose seemingly contradictory (but, I think, equally problematic) positions end up legitimizing each other. Following Rey Chow’s “the protesting ethnic”, I take protest as an act of belonging. Crucially, both Seçil and Sefa have to rely on the opposition between two imagined communities to maintain their own self. Change, conflict, heterogeneity exist within all circles (among minorities as well as within the larger society). When an individual has developed their identity based on or as an opposition to a strictly defined “other”, they will have to disregard the changing/evolving/conflicting-within-itself Other so as to manage their own existential anxiety.
KeywordsEthnic Protest Native informant Activism
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