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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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Prisoners in Revolt

Prisoners in Revolt

(p.163) Chapter 4 Prisoners in Revolt
Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

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This chapter deviates from the political sphere of the state, the political parties, and public institutions, and turns to the emergence of areas of alternative power at the side—the prison wards that were transformed into semiautonomous spaces. These spaces became crucial for the formation of a collective will and shared political identity that facilitated the insurgents' struggle with the state. This led to the insurgents contesting the state sovereignty and defending a rival form of power based on their claim upon the right of life and death, then deciding on necropolitical resistance as the method of expressing political voice from the margins. The chapter outlines the rise of the death fast struggle, its demands, and the incidents that shaped the prisoners' course of action, particularly how the weaponization of life became the preferred tactic of the movement.

Keywords:   prison wards, collective will, insurgents, state sovereignty, necropolitical resistance, death fast struggle, political struggle

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