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Turkey's Necropolitical LaboratoryDemocracy, Violence and Resistance$
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Banu Bargu

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474450263

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450263.001.0001

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The Cemetery of Traitors

The Cemetery of Traitors

(p.232) Eleven The Cemetery of Traitors
Turkey's Necropolitical Laboratory

Osman Balkan

Edinburgh University Press

This essay examines the aftermath of the 2016 failed military coup in Turkey through the political afterlives of its victims and perpetrators. Focusing on Istanbul's ‘Cemetery of Traitors’ (established to inter the remains of dead coup plotters) as well as the funeral ceremonies of both soldiers and civilians who died during the coup attempt, it illustrates how corpses become politicized sites of struggle and resistance. In doing so, it demonstrates that the treatment and commemoration of the dead is a critical means through which states and other actors demarcate the contours of national, religious, and political communities.

Keywords:   Turkey, political violence, funerals, nationalism, Islam, martyrdom, cemeteries, memory, necropolitics

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