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Studies in Law, Politics, and Society

ISSN: 1059-4337
Series editor(s): Professor Austin Sarat

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Disciplinary evolution of Turkish prisons, 1980


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Title:Disciplinary evolution of Turkish prisons, 1980
Author(s):Arda Ibikoglu
Volume:51 Editor(s): Austin Sarat ISBN: 978-1-84950-750-9 eISBN: 978-1-84950-751-6
Citation:Arda Ibikoglu (2010), Disciplinary evolution of Turkish prisons, 1980, in Austin Sarat (ed.) Special Issue Interdisciplinary Legal Studies: The Next Generation (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 51), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.67-94
DOI:10.1108/S1059-4337(2010)0000051006 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:Following the military coup that toppled the government in September 1980, Turkish prisons, like the rest of the country, came under military control. Abhorrent levels of violence inflicted under military discipline became the source of horror stories. However, by early 1990s, official authorities had almost completely lost control of prisons to political prisoner organizations. This chapter analyzes how such a drastic change took place within a decade. Focusing on the ongoing struggles between political prisoner organizations and official actors over control of daily life, I argue that the resistance strategies developed by the political prisoners against the military disciplinary project in 1980s became the source of a prisoner-imposed disciplinary project in 1990s.

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