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Göçmenlerin Kimlik Arayışı –Avrupalı Türkler Örneği
On Seeking Identity of Immigrants; The Case of Euro-Turks

Author(s): Yakup Çoştu
Subject(s): Migration Studies, Sociology of Religion, Politics and Identity
Published by: Hitit Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü
Keywords: Euro-Turks; Migration; Identity; One Consciousness-Double Consciousness; One Consciousness;

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, it is suggested that identity description of the first, second, third and other generations of Euro-Turks can be analysed within the context of oneconsciousness, double-consciousness and one-consciousness conceptualizations by putting double-consciousness into the centre. In this analysis, meta-analysis method will be used in the light of the findings obtained in field research about Turkish immigrant population settled in several European countries such as Germany, French, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden etc. In this context, it is thought that one-consciousness refers to the identity of the first generation brought from homeland, double-consciousness refers to the identity of the second and/or the third generation seesawing between two worlds and again one-consciousness refers to the identity of the third or the next generation losing their own ethnic culture and having a new identity in the host country. Each level of consciousness is thought to have different profiles due to several factors such as the social identity and belonging definitions of immigrant communities and their settlement, socio-cultural and economic status, civil organization style, integration process and culture of living together in the host country. Undoubtedly, to verify these conceptualizations it must be stressed that some more specific field research is strongly needed.

  • Issue Year: 9/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 533-546
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Turkish
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