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Banu Bargu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163408

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163408.001.0001

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Crisis of Sovereignty

Crisis of Sovereignty

(p.87) Chapter 2 Crisis of Sovereignty
Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

Columbia University Press

This chapter recounts Turkey's historical background, along with its traditions of statecraft and treatment of left radical currents as its “internal enemies,” causing the state to perceive the problem of the death fast struggle as a “crisis” of sovereignty. The prison becomes a symbolic site for securitization and highly politicized conflict between the insurgents and the state. The chapter then illustrates an isolationist penal regime as a pivotal moment in the transformation of sovereign power in accordance with the state's security considerations. It explores the reasons behind the revision of the state's penal system through a discourse of a “war against terrorism,” and the reinstitution of the state's sovereign authority over the rebels. The spatial reorganization of the penal landscape through the initiation of high security prisons is indicative of the development of the sovereign power's biopoliticization.

Keywords:   Turkey, securitization, sovereign power, high security prisons, biopoliticization

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