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From Guest Workers into Muslims

The Transformation of Turkish Immigrant Associations in Germany

Author(s): Gokce Yurdakul
Subject: Social Sciences

Book Description

The political representation of immigrant association is central for immigrants to become political actors in Germany. This book offers a comparative analysis of five Turkish immigrant associations to point out to the diverse approaches in terms of immigrant integration and citizenship rights. By exploring these associations’ views on integration/ assimilation, nationalism/ethnicity, secularism/Islam and their relations with the mainstream German political parties, this book attempts to show that immigrants are not victims of the political decisions of the German state. On the contrary, Turkish immigrant elites become important actors to negotiate rights and memberships in the name of this ethno-national group. This book suggests an approach that recognizes the agency of immigrants in the socio-political discourse and also in the governing process.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0060-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0060-0
Date of Publication: 01/01/2009
Pages / Size: 145 / A5
Price: £29.99


Gökçe Yurdakul is Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social
Conflict at Humboldt University, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences.  She has received her PhD. from the University of Toronto and has published widely on immigrant integration, citizenship and issues of Muslim immigrant women in Western Europe and North America.