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Akarsu-Karpuzcu, Hayal

Grant Type
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
Arizona, U. of
Status
Completed Grant
Approve Date
Project Title
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

HAYAL AKARSU-KARPUZCU, then a graduate student at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded funding in October 2015 to aid research on ''Social Policing': Remaking Security and the Social in Turkey,' supervised by Dr. Brian Silverstein. This research examines changing practices of security in Turkey through a study of 'social policing' -- a group of policing techniques and apparatuses that are mobilized to 'reform' the police. The study takes up social policing as an anthropological question to understand securitization as a process through which 'social,' 'natural,' and 'emotional' aspects of life are made into domains with security concerns and implications. The General Directorate of Security in Turkey went through major transformations as part of 'democratization' and 'good governance' aspects of European Union entry negotiations. During fieldwork on these social policing practices between 2015-2017, however, the role of the police in Turkey also involved spectacular violence accompanied by a more suffused atmosphere of threat, fear, and general 'insecurity.' The research has found 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 experience themselves, the state, and security. Police-citizen encounters are a crucial site for understanding how dynamics of citizenship, power, security, and governance are constantly reflected upon, reworked and challenged.