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Zones of RebellionKurdish Insurgents and the Turkish State$
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Aysegul Aydin and Cem Emrence

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453540

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453540.001.0001

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(p.73) 4 Organization
Zones of Rebellion

Aysegul Aydin

Cem Emrence

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the Turkish state's organizational response to the insurgency of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). It begins with an overview of Turkey's creation of special regions to combat rebels and how special rule separated the experience of these units from the rest of the country. It then considers administrative redistricting practices within this special region and shows that these administrative arrangements were designed to increase state presence in the target territory. It also discusses the state's decision to relinquish control over rural areas and how it depopulated the countryside to deprive insurgents of logistical support. It argues that special administrative solutions consolidated a contentious universe and resulted in boundary making.

Keywords:   insurgency, Kurdistan Workers' Party, Turkey, special regions, rebel, special rule, administrative redistricting, rural areas, administrative solutions, boundary making

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