The War on Politics: Policing as the Generation of Disorder and the Already Existing Abolition
|Dates:||20 November 2023|
|Times:||16:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Deniz Yonucu (Newcastle University): The War on Politics: Policing as the Generation of Disorder and the Already Existing Abolition.
In this talk, based on my book Police, Provocation, Politics: Counterinsurgency in Istanbul, I will present a counterintuitive analysis of contemporary policing practices, focusing particular attention on the incitement of counterviolence, perpetual conflict, and ethnosectarian discord by the state security apparatus.?Drawing on a case study from Turkey, but also engaging with various examples from the Global South and North, I approach policing not solely as a project of pacification but also as provocative and permanent war on politics. Policing as a war on politics is not only concerned with providing and maintaining order but also with generating disorder. I will discuss how this war selectively targets already existing abolitionist practices that are experimented by racialised and oppressed populations. Informed by what I call “cultural archives of oppression and resistance” these abolitionist practices are perfect examples of politics ( a la Rancière) that should be taken seriously by anthropologists who are committed to learn from the tradition of the oppressed.
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