Everyday Life and Resistance Practices in the Prisons of Turkey: Poiēsis in the Prisons

Bekiroğlu S.

CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, Praha, Czech Republic, 25 - 28 August 2015, pp.1387

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Praha
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.1387
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Prisons are mostly considered to be the places where pessimism prevails. However, the object of analysis of this paper is the counter one: the side of the hope and resistance. Thus this study attempts to explore the relationship between resistance and power and how this occurs in prisons where there is a total segregation from the society. Consequently, this qualitative research mainly seeks to answer the question “how everyday resistance is lived/experienced in the prisons of Turkey and what the results of this experience are with respect to power relations. To do so, this research examines that how the prisoners perceive and experience the resistance and power within those places. Through this investigation, the paper mainly explains how resistance is (re)generated in the prisons of Turkey. There are two dimensions of the study: resistance dynamics and power mechanism in the prisons. The first one can be expanded with a question as such: how resistance is possible within such places? Instead of looking at how the oppressor use force over the subordinated ones, we will deal with exactly opposite question: how the people challenge their oppressors? The second one is a query about whether it is possible to resist without becoming the power or being always the subordinated. In other words, is there an ethical limit to swearing at the power?