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Gendering space : security and surveillance perceptions of single women in Istanbul

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2008
Tulaz, Asalet
In today’s cities, surveillance become a more common and internalized tool for control that spreads to everyday life with the assistance of new technologies. Numerous surveillance techniques for security reasons such as electronic surveillance on computers or phones, cameras in public and private spaces, fingerprint and eye scans at doors, investigations, credit cards, travel cards become an ordinary part of a modern individual. The study’s point of departure is the question of whether people willingly accept being surveilled for their security or not, in Turkey context. The main argument however is the relation between surveillance-security phenomena and women. It is aimed to question how space, security and surveillance are gendered, whether surveillance increases women’s security or not and whether women perceive surveillance as a beneficial tool for their everyday life security. The awareness of women on surveillance techniques, the scale of surveillance, the purpose of it and the relation of it with power mechanisms are also other debated issues. The argument is developed on security and surveillance perceptions of single living and employed women in Istanbul. The consequences of surveillance on public space, the cities in neo-liberal era and the policies that magnify fear and threat and as a result, the inescapable potential of surveillance and spatial segregation are also other subjects matter.