Policing, Urbanization and State Formation in Modern Turkey
Policing is a major component of modern urban space formation. As an urbanizing force, policing fabricates a certain social order through spatial strategies of regulation, surveillance, containment and repression. Thus, it is constitutively present in processes of spatial organization of social relations and public sphere. Contemporary developments have overtly revealed this historical role, and made it necessary to take the issue of policing into serious consideration for the politics of urban justice.
With these political and academic concerns, our working group aims to create a network for collective discussion and production on policing in Turkey from a critical perspective by way of bringing the following issues into our agenda:
exploring the link between modern state formation and police power in Turkey;
contributing to the critical social history of diverse forms of policing in modern Turkey;
addressing contemporary issues surrounding policing in Turkey, including but not limited to police violence, criminalization of urban poor and dissent, complex interactions between police power and military power, and other forms of policing such as private security and community policing.
With these aims, our research group will collectively organize and produce
(1) research projects and reports;
(3) academic publications;
(4) publicly accessible commentaries;
(5) pool of resources;
(6) alternative syllabi for teaching policing.