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Anthropology

2014

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State-Making, Evidence-Making, And Claim-Making: The Cases Of Torture And Enforced Disappearances In Post-1980 Turkey, Basak Can Jan 2014

State-Making, Evidence-Making, And Claim-Making: The Cases Of Torture And Enforced Disappearances In Post-1980 Turkey, Basak Can

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This thesis concerns the struggles over the production of the truth of state violence in Turkey in the three decades following the infamous 1980 military coup. Specifically, it focuses on cases of torture and enforced disappearance, two forms of violence which the state not only used extensively but also around which it built a specific regime of denial in collaboration and complicity with the official forensic institution. The latter is the ultimate authority that produces medical documents and reports that can be used in making legal claims.

Based on two years of fieldwork in human rights NGOs, forensic medicine institutions ...