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

2021-9
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.

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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.