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Title: 'OccupyBufferZone': practices of borderline resistance in a space of exception
Authors: Antonsich, Marco
Keywords: Cyprus
Buffer Zone
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © The Author. Area © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Citation: ANTONSICH, M., 2013. 'OccupyBufferZone': practices of borderline resistance in a space of exception. Area, 45 (2), pp. 170 - 178.
Abstract: This article focuses on the practices of resistance organised by a group of Cypriot activists in the Buffer Zone that separates the island of Cyprus into two sovereign entities, the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Being a space where the territorialising norm of these two entities is suspended, the Buffer Zone constitutes a space of exception. By drawing on a post-colonial reading of this Agambenian notion, the article analyses the specifics of a 'terrain of resistance' deliberately located in the exception. It argues that rather than being a dispossessing condition, the exception might actually be empowering, because it offers the activists a terrain from which to contest the very norm that they are escaping. The article also critically reflects on the limits of this tactic, by revealing how power might adopt counter-exceptions aimed at reterritorialising exceptional spaces that no longer work to its advantage. The OccupyBufferZone (OBZ) experience also allows for a series of theoretical considerations that can illuminate further the notion of 'terrain of resistance'.
Description: This is the accepted version of the following article: ANTONSICH, M., 2013. 'OccupyBufferZone': practices of borderline resistance in a space of exception. Area, 45 (2), pp. 170 - 178., which has been published in final form at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/area.12005/pdf.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/area.12005
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16092
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12005
ISSN: 0004-0894
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