Kivanc Atak

Kivanc Atak


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Works at Department of Criminology
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 C, plan 6
Room C 698
Postal address Kriminologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My scholarly interest lies in the critical understandings of coercive state apparatuses and social control. In particular, I conduct research on the sociology of policing in different contexts.


Sociology of policing, social movements, hate crime

Current research

Granted by the Swedish Research Council (2016-04660), my project “Colorful or colorblind?: the policing of racially motivated crimes in Sweden” examines the ways in which the police approach to, tackle with, and are challenged by racist offences in relation to the individuals and groups who are exposed to such offences in Sweden. The project draws on methods of qualitative research and is driven by an interdisciplinary literature on policing, racism and hate crimes.



Protest policing alla Turca: Threat, Insurgency, and the Repression of pro-Kurdish protests in Turkey (with Ismail Emre Bayram), Social Forces 95(4):1667-1694.

Encouraging coercive control: militarization and classical crowd theory in Turkish protest policing, Policing & Society 27(7):693-711.

The Politics of Crime in Turkey: Neoliberalism, Police and the Urban Poor, by Zeynep Gönen, Punishment & Society, book review (online first):

The spirit of Gezi: A relational approach to eventful protest and its challenges (with Donatella della Porta), in Global diffusion of protest: riding the protest wave in the neoliberal crisis, ed. Donatella della Porta, Amsterdam University Press (forthcoming)


Popular uprisings in Turkey: Police culpability and constraints on dialogue-oriented policing in Gezi Park and beyond (with Donatella della Porta), European Journal of Criminology 13 (5): 610-625 (special issue)

Prevention, facilitation and the fortress of the transnational: policing public demonstrations in Europe, Juridikum: zeitschrift für kritik | recht | gesellschaft (4): 484-493

Towards a global control?: Protest and policing in a new century (with Donatella della Porta), in SAGE Handbook of Global Policing, ed. Ben Bradford, Beatrice Jauregui, Ian Loader, and Jonny Steinberg, SAGE


The Police (with Donatella della Porta), in Breaking down the state: protestors engaged, ed. James Jasper & Jan Willem Duyvendak, Amsterdam University Press


Last updated: May 22, 2018

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