Leftist Brothers vs. Powerpuff Girls: Intergenerational Differences in Protest Against Authoritarian Regimes

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Fifty+ student initiatives in Turkey are protesting against the authoritarian government for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and freedom of expression. The variation in the activism styles of these initiatives has led to disagreements on how to protest and has implications for governmental response to their demands. While some student initiatives argue that violence and arrests are necessary for change, other initiatives argue that protests can be less risky, and still successful. To explain these differences, I propose examining intergenerational factors including activists’ familial history and student initiative’s closeness to various historical activism experiences in Turkey. I will interview student activists and their parents, observe protest events, and collect archival data about previous student movements in Turkey.