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In Pursuit of Belonging: Forging an Ethical Life in European-Turkish Spaces

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In Pursuit of Belonging

Forging an Ethical Life in European-Turkish Spaces

Susan Beth Rottmann

216 pages, 7 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-269-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2019)

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“…interestingly it makes a contribution to the literature by being an ethnography of one woman whose life story is situated in a transnational space… This is an impressive study”. • Kimberly Hart, SUNY Buffalo State


Belonging is a not a state that we achieve, but a struggle that we wage. The struggle for belonging is more difficult if one is returning to a homeland after many years abroad. In Pursuit of Belonging is an ethnography of Turkish migrants’ struggle for understanding, intimacy and appreciation when they return from Germany to their Turkish homeland. Drawing on an established tradition of life story writing in anthropology, Rottmann conveys the struggle to forge an ethical life by relating the experiences of a second-generation German-Turkish woman named Leyla.

Susan Beth Rottmann is an Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Faculty at Özyeğin University where she is researching forced migration in Europe and Turkey.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Refugee and Migration Studies Sociology
Area: Europe Middle East & Israel


List of Illustrations

Introduction: At Home in European-Turkish Space

Chapter 1. Making a Living in Illegal German-Turkish Call Centers
Chapter 2. The Circumcision Celebration: Motherhood and Ethical Transformations
Chapter 3. A "Man From a Village” and a "European Girl”: Love and a Life Together
Chapter 4. Shaping a Community: A Dream Comes True
Chapter 5. Being and Becoming Muslim

Conclusion: In Pursuit of Belonging

Appendix I: Leyla’s Memoir Study Guide
Appendix II: Leyla’s Memoir


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