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Regime Change in Contemporary TurkeyPolitics, Rights, Mimesis$
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Necati Polat

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416962

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416962.001.0001

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Everyday Atrocities

Everyday Atrocities

Chapter:
(p.290) 10 Everyday Atrocities
Source:
Regime Change in Contemporary Turkey
Author(s):

Necati Polat

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416962.003.0011

The chapter is on some routine issues in Turkey, mostly ignored, if not necessarily exacerbated, by the exceptionally strong AKP administration, with an unusually lengthy mandate. The discussion presents a catalogue of some of the most pressing causes for concern in that regard, detailing, where available, the government initiatives and actions in respective areas: femicide, violence against LGBTI individuals, especially transgender women, hate crimes, the ordeal of sex workers, prisoners denied a right to release on health grounds, the astonishing toll of workplace mortality, and the defacing of urban space in gargantuan proportions through a construction craze in the wake of the old regime. Endeavouring to make sense of the highly disputed function of urban construction works for the government, the chapter also includes an evaluation of the state of the economy, which appeared to have failed to modify the economy structurally, relying merely on various palliative and crisis-ridden schemes.

Keywords:   AKP, defacing urban space, economy, hate crimes, labour rights, LGBTI rights, male violence, prisoners’ health, sex workers’ rights, Turkey

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