Everyday life and tactical resistance of the political prisoners: the case of F-type prisons in Turkey


British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 2023 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13530194.2023.2173142
  • Journal Name: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, Geobase, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Political Science Complete, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2023 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.This study analyses the everyday lives and resistance of the political prisoners in F- type prisons in Turkey by referring to the concept of ‘tactic’ by Michel de Certeau. It discusses how political prisoners resist isolation, separation, and reduction in such total conditions and how they produce communication, connection, and extension. The article claims that total institutions cannot always create a total order. The political prisoners resist being reduced to F-type discipline and extend their own ways of operating that organize their own everyday reality. How paradoxical it seems, the possibility of resistance and creativity is immersed in the everyday reality of F-type prisons. It only takes the practice of the prisoners to emerge.