Turkish Culture in German Society Today

Turkish Culture in German Society Today

Turkish Culture in German Society Today

Turkish Culture in German Society Today


..". a ground-breaking and well-researched study, a lucid documentation of the impact of Turkish migration to Germany, bringing together materials from a range of disciplines, including history, sociology, religious studies, and literature. The array of knowledge assembled in this volume is made accessible for the first time to an English speaking audience... provides detailed background and varied accounts of historical and socio-political changes in a rapidly changing German society struggling with it its self-perception and frictions arising from the coexistence of Turks and Germans... provides a well-founded academic analysis of data, trends, and traditions, yet still leaves room for the personal experiences and perspectives of Turks establishing their own identity and political voice in German society... a great source for graduate German course investigating migrant culture and literature in contemporary German society." German Studies Review

..". offers and should be commended for an informative review of migrant literature in Germany, substantive statistics on the condition of migration to Germany, and a suggestive exchange with a migrant author in person-a rarity in the literature." H-Net Reviews (H-SAE)

..". an instructive introduction into the history of Turkish migration." Journal of Area Studies

For many decades Germany has had a sizeable Turkish minority that lives in an uneasy co-existence with the Germans around them and as such has attracted considerable interest abroad where it tends to be seen as a measure of German tolerance. However, little is known about the actual situation of the Turks. This volume provides valuable information, presented in a most original manner in that it combines literary and cultural studies with social and political analysis. It focuses on the Turkish-born writer Emine Sevgi Ozdamar, who writes in German and whose work, especially her highly acclaimed novel Das ist eine Karawanserei, is examined critically and situated in the context of German "migrant literature."

David Horrocks is Lecturer in German at the University of Keele, concentrating on twentieth-century German literature with special emphasis on the reflection in literary works of social issues and historical problems.

Eva Kolinsky is Professor of Modern German Studies at the University of Keele with a special interest in contemporary German society and politics.


When the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, csce, reflected on the nature of modern society, it envisaged mobility between countries, including from poorer regions of the world to more affluent ones, as the shape of things to come. in the era of global migration, European societies would no longer be homogenous (if they had ever been) but would include 'migrants'. in a similar vein, the European Community referred to 'migrants' in the Schengen Agreement in order to draw attention to the increase in international mobility and argue the need to coordinate policies governing asylum seekers and their admission to member states. Since then, the term 'migrant' has acquired political and academic respectability and has been applied liberally to cover a broad spectrum of non-nationals, from asylum seekers or political refugees to foreign workers and their families.

In literature, the 'migrant' originating in one culture and writing in the language of another can be said to occupy a special role as a mediator between the two. Regardless of whether they themselves were migrants, or were born into families who settled in Germany, writers of Turkish, Italian, Greek or other origin have experienced both cultures and communicate between them. Their works may be called 'migrants' literature' and they 'migrant writers' since they bring the heritage of their fathers . . .

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