The zones of fragility: outlaws and the forms of violence in the Ottoman Empire

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Cayli, Baris 2016. The zones of fragility: outlaws and the forms of violence in the Ottoman Empire. Journal of Historical Sociology. https://doi.org/10.1111/johs.12137
AuthorsCayli, Baris
Abstract

This study explores the relationship between violence and power through examining the archival documents about the outlaws in the Ottoman Empire from 1852 to 1876. I argue that the outlaws and the use of violence in the public sphere defied the power of the Ottoman Empire. Thereof, the present study agrees with the main thesis of Hannah Arendt about the destructive influence of violence on power. However, I take Hannah Arendt's argument on violence one step further by claiming that the form of violence -whether political or non-political- loses its significance when both public safety and state sovereignty are under great threats at the same time in the zones of fragility.

KeywordsSociology of violence; Crime; Outlaws; Ottoman Empire
Year2016
JournalJournal of Historical Sociology
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN1467-6443
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/johs.12137
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620537
hdl:10545/620537
Publication dates21 Sep 2016
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Deposited10 Oct 2016, 13:32
Accepted20 Jul 2016
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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