• The Watch Movement: Searching Justice for Workers and its Families

    Author(s):
    Ayse Cavdar (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Subject(s):
    Communications, Labor history, Media studies, Politics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Communication, media studies, Turkey, Work Place Accidents
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6V53R
    Abstract:
    regulations for the workers’ safety, the inspection responsibilities as well as the authority of the state in the workplace have been privatized. Therefore, a group of families who lost their relatives in workplace accidents started a movement (the Watch for Conscience and Justice) requesting the public to monitor accidents and related legal regulations. Thanks to their persistent protests, workplace accidents are started to be reframed (at least in popular cases) by not only the authorities but also by the public conscience. Although mainstream media ignore these incidents unless death tolls are relatively high, these families could form a counterpublic to discuss workplace safety. Analyzing this case, I argue that the formation of counterpublic is indispensable to construct social consensus and to challenge the state’s neo-liberal policies.
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