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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)
eISBN 978-1-78920-270-0 eBook
“In Pursuit of Belonging, which is elegantly written and ethnographically rich, poses new questions about ethics in migration settings and should be on the shelves of scholars interested in migration studies, anthropology, ethics, human rights, gender, and narrative studies.” • Narrative Inquiry
“…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.