Abstract Spaces and Precarious Bodies: The production of urban space in Sur, Diyarbakir
Pajares Barbero, A.
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This thesis interrogates the process of the production of urban space in Sur, Diyarbakir through counterinsurgent and neoliberal spatial practices by looking at its effects on the subjectivities of women who were forced to migrate from neighborhoods of the district between 2012 and 2017. This work contributes to the literature on the Turkish-Kurdish conflict, and to critical geographies of space and critical theories of the body by first, adopting an epistemology of practice, and second, engaging with the relation between spatial practices at the macro and micro levels, and linking them to the production of female subjectivities. The first part deals with a number of macro spatial practices and representations of the space of Sur, which have led to the transformation of Sur into a concrete abstraction. The latter is then contextualized with the contradictions felt by those who lived this process. The second part builds on the previous one by exploring this contradiction, and investigating its effects on female subjectivities, connecting the production of abstract space with the production of the precarious subjectivities. Finally, this thesis argues that the production of the space of Sur as an abstraction, at the macro level, has imposed a condition of individualised precarity, at the micro level, which unveils the alienating character of the State Mode of Production. Keywords: Sur, Diyarbakir, Turkish Kurdistan, the production of space, practice, SMP, autogestion, precarity, the body, gender performance.