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Police, Provocation, Politics: Counterinsurgency in Istanbul

Police, Provocation, Politics: Counterinsurgency in Istanbul Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/19/1/104/1810867/104izci.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 03 April 2023 REVIEW Deniz Yonucu Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2022 222 pages. ISBN 9781501762161 Reviewed by ORKIDE IZCI Police, Provocation, Politics is a groundbreaking contribution to the anthropology of polic- ing, surveillance, and resistance. It combines long-term ethnographic research conducted in one of Istanbul’s many revolutionary neighborhoods inhabited mainly by urban working-class Turkish and Kurdish Alevis with archival research and oral history narra- tives. The book’s great strength lies in Deniz Yonucu’s ability to situate counterinsur- gency practices of Turkish police from the 1960s onward within a global context, revealing how these practices aim to create and maintain conflict in and among dissident commu- nities. Policing in this book concerns itself not only with maintaining social order based on capitalism, racism, patriarchy, and colonialism but also with generating disorder. In doing so, the book illustrates various provocative and divisive counterinsurgency tech- niques applied by theTurkish security state and informed by global counterinsurgencies. It also brilliantly shows how Turkey’s racialized, marginalized, and oppressed populations continue to participate in revolutionary activities despite violent counterrevolutionary practices that have targeted these communities for decades. Even if the book does not exclusively focus on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women s Studies Duke University Press

Police, Provocation, Politics: Counterinsurgency in Istanbul

Journal of Middle East Women s Studies , Volume 19 (1) – Mar 1, 2023

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Copyright © 2023 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
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1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-10256225
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/19/1/104/1810867/104izci.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 03 April 2023 REVIEW Deniz Yonucu Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2022 222 pages. ISBN 9781501762161 Reviewed by ORKIDE IZCI Police, Provocation, Politics is a groundbreaking contribution to the anthropology of polic- ing, surveillance, and resistance. It combines long-term ethnographic research conducted in one of Istanbul’s many revolutionary neighborhoods inhabited mainly by urban working-class Turkish and Kurdish Alevis with archival research and oral history narra- tives. The book’s great strength lies in Deniz Yonucu’s ability to situate counterinsur- gency practices of Turkish police from the 1960s onward within a global context, revealing how these practices aim to create and maintain conflict in and among dissident commu- nities. Policing in this book concerns itself not only with maintaining social order based on capitalism, racism, patriarchy, and colonialism but also with generating disorder. In doing so, the book illustrates various provocative and divisive counterinsurgency tech- niques applied by theTurkish security state and informed by global counterinsurgencies. It also brilliantly shows how Turkey’s racialized, marginalized, and oppressed populations continue to participate in revolutionary activities despite violent counterrevolutionary practices that have targeted these communities for decades. Even if the book does not exclusively focus on

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Journal of Middle East Women s StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2023

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