Everyday life and resistance practices in f-type prisons of Turkey

Bekiroğlu, Sibel
This study undertakes the analysis of everyday lives of the political prisoners in F-type prisons in reliance of the concept of “tactic” of Michel de Certeau. Based on isolation model, F-type prisons are high security prisons that were started to be used after 2000s. The establishment of F-type prisons is one of the important points in the recent political history of Turkey, which can be entitled as a direct intervention to the everyday lives of political prisoners. Based on the interviews and correspondence, this study discusses how political prisoners have organized their everyday lives convenient to this new isolation model and developed coping mechanisms for the problems arose in those incarceration places. The coping mechanisms of the prisoners are scrutinized according to four major features of the concept of tactic which are belonging to the place of other, invisibility, trickery and creativity. The thesis claims that these tactical practices are the resistance practices and the survival politics of the prisoners against the power which has a desire to cover everything.  


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Citation Formats
S. Bekiroğlu, “Everyday life and resistance practices in f-type prisons of Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.