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Measuring Social Perception of the July 15 Coup Attempt

This study aims to measure the social perception created by the impact of the July 15 coup attempt. The social picture that emerged during and after July 15 deserves greater sociological attention. A total of 250 people were martyred in this upheaval, making it the bloodiest coup attempt in the history of coups in Turkey. Social resistance to the perpetrators transformed into “democracy watch” countrywide which lasted 27 days. As part of the study, interviews were conducted with 176 people who participated in the democracy watch in 9 cities and 12 squares. Hence, the codes of social consciousness developed about the coup attempt and the perpetrators, amongst others, are captured by how the society perceives the coup attempt.

Measuring Social Perception of the July 15 Coup Attempt
People of Gaziantep protesting FETÖ and the coup attempt, at the democracy watch. AA PHOTO / ENSAR ÖZDEMİR
 

Introduction

Following the advent of democratic politics (in 1946) and in the current Republican era of Turkey, the military intervened in politics five times – roughly once every ten years (1960, 1971, 1980, 1997, and 2007). Considering the level of political and economic development and the degree of democratization efforts in Turkey, the struggle against the pro-coup mentality and structures have made a late start in Turkey when compared to countries with a similar geo-politic profile.

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