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Akarsu-Karpuzcu, Hayal

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Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
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Arizona, U. of
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Akarsu-Karpuzcu, Hayal, U. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ - To aid research on ''Social Policing': Remaking Security and the Social in Turkey,' supervised by Dr. Brian Silverstein

Preliminary abstract: This research examines changing conceptualizations and practices of security in Turkey through a study of 'social policing'. The General Directorate of Security in Turkey has gone through major transformations as part of 'democratization' and 'good governance' frameworks of European Union entry negotiations. Especially under the 'neoliberal' rule of the Justice and Development Party since 2002 security has become a crucial field in reworking the relationship between state and society in Turkey, as in many parts of the world. Through a fieldwork-based investigation, I will explore the implementation of these new conceptions and practices of security and their circulation in everyday life. The study ranges from state institutions and officials to a local police station and adjacent neighborhood community in Istanbul. My preliminary research showed that social policing not only involves an effort by police to change their institutional image and culture, but also refers to a set of new governmental technologies that aim to shape the way ordinary citizens behave and how they experience themselves, the state and security. This reformulation of security provides a unique opportunity to rethink not only the state's shifting role as a 'security making entity' but also changing grounds of state-society encounters especially in neoliberal settings.