chapter  3
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Sacred Children, Accursed Mothers

Performativities of Necropolitics and Mourning in Neoliberal Turkey
ByEylül Fidan Akıncı

Hundreds of occupational deaths of workers, murders of women and trans people, suicide bombings, and the curfews and special force operations in the Kurdish cities and towns in southeast Turkey exemplify how the state jeopardizes and exterminates the lives of its citizens. Through territorialized violence, the prevalent necropolitics renders these appalling deaths acceptable, ordinary, and in certain cases even enjoyable for the "common citizens". The politics, the promise, and the premise of the AKP's rule have been situated on decades of military and state violence that preceded it. Beginning with their first term in 2002 and continuing onwards, the AKP's initial vow to change the 1982 constitution, drafted under a military provision following the 1980 coup detat, was lauded as a truly democratic turn in the history of Turkish politics. The space of politics is shaped and re-inscribed by the very spectacle of overtaking death under the sovereign hold.