Surveillance culture and citizen participation in policing through television: A case study on Müge Anlı ile Tatlı Sert

Mete, Alım Irmak
The aim of this thesis was to illustrate the ways in which surveillance culture is utilized by Turkish crime-based reality TV programming in order to assure a surveillant form of citizen participation in policing, with a specific focus on the dynamics of the processes and their possible reflections on viewers’ everyday lives. For this purpose, Müge Anlı ile Tatlı Sert was chosen for its steady success in ratings and mobilization of its audiences, and from the show, the 13-episode case of Atalay Filiz was selected for its representative nature of widespread and dedicated surveillant citizen participation. Qualitative data coding method was used with a critical and interpretative approach, and the resulting themes were analysed with respect to corresponding theoretical conceptualizations and in line with the research objectives. Thus, it was demonstrated that surveillance culture plays an important role in the provision of citizen participation in policing through crime-based reality TV programming, specifically in the interest of enforcing responsibilization, security-orientation, and law and order ideologies. This process was operationalized as “social policing” where fear of crime and the criminal, excessive exposure of information pertaining to the cases, definition of the viewer as the citizen, and formation of a communal identity presented themselves as important elements to calibrate viewer perception of surveillance, policing, and their practical stance pertaining to both. Policy recommendations were discussed in relation to matters such as privacy, informativeness, citizen-police communications, policing, and the alternatives to the culture of surveillance.


Social political discourse of the surveillance society
Yumurtacı, Egemen Nilüfer; Okyayuz, Mehmet; Department of Science and Technology Policy Studies (2003)
This thesis aims to discuss the Surveillance Society discourse, especially in relation with political analysis in a historical framework by means of new technologies. This study also analyzes the use of so-called revolutionary information and telecommunication technologies for data recording and tracking is analyzed, which is used to regulate the order of the system by the power holders. The limits of thought are traced to Foucault and Lyon. To this context an attempt is made to show that surveillance/ moni...
A sociological analysis of scopophilia, individual empowerment, and surveillance culture: a case study on instagram usage
Çerçioğlu, Hasan; Topal, Çağatay; Department of Sociology (2019)
This piece of work had the purpose of investigating the relationships between the phenomena of Scopophilia, individual empowerment and Surveillance Culture, all in the context of Turkey and on the basis of Instagram use while examining the reflection of these towards the daily lives of individuals. Scopophilia was borrowed from the conceptual toolkit of Sigmund Freud while the term Surveillance Culture was used in the way as it was coined by David Lyon. Individual empowerment processes were categorized acco...
Surveillance and control in the age of information: a critical analysis of the technology-power relationship
Kurt, Evren; Çakmur, Barış; Department of Science and Technology Policy Studies (2010)
This study deals with the notions and practices of surveillance and control in the current society. By this means, it aims to discuss the relation between technology and power on basis of surveillance technologies witnessed in all domains of life. With the extensive use of new technologies as camera monitoring, biometrics, and smart cards, power holders get the opportunity and tools to monitor all actions and data of individuals. How this is achieved and for what purposes and the ideology behind the surveil...
Evolution Of Turkish Movie Cluster: A Social Network Analysis Perspective
Beyhan, Burak; Erkılıç, Hakan (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (Ankara, Turkey), 2020-12-30)
The aim of this paper is to shed some light on the evolution of Turkish movie cluster in Istanbul via elaboration of, on the one hand, the development of social networks in Turkish cinema by analyzing the relationships between the directors and screenwriters involved in the production of movies, and on the other hand, the importance of role and positions of these agents in the innovativeness in the network. For this purpose, the deterministic methods of social network analysis (SNA) are used together with a...
The vigorous local: culture industry hip-hop and the politics of resistance in the age of globalization
Mert, Ceren; Yeğenoğlu-Mutman, Meyda; Department of Sociology (2003)
The aim of this thesis is to demonstrate how music has become a significant means of communication in the process of globalization, and how it integrates the ءglobal̕ and the ءlocal̕ while enabling the aggrieved populations to speak through and to express their antagonistic stances. In addition to the discussions of globalization, this study analyzes the medium of music along the areas of media and identity politics. In this respect, it deliberates on the global and local features of hip-hop. Although born ...
Citation Formats
A. I. Mete, “Surveillance culture and citizen participation in policing through television: A case study on Müge Anlı ile Tatlı Sert,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.