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Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons

Banu Bargu


This book tells the story of leftist political prisoners in Turkey who waged a deadly struggle against the introduction of high-security prisons by forging their lives into weapons. Weaving together contemporary and critical political theory with political ethnography, the book analyzes the death fast struggle as an exemplary though not exceptional instance of self-destructive practices that are a consequence of, retort to, and refusal of the increasingly biopolitical forms of sovereign power deployed around the globe. It chronicles the experiences, rituals, values, beliefs, ideological self-r ... More

Keywords: political prisoners, Turkey, high-security prisons, protestors, Turkish democracy, contemporary prison, sacrificial morality, militant martyrdom, human weapons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231163408
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Banu Bargu, author
New School for Social Research