Struggling for Recognition: The Alevi Movement in Germany and in Transnational Space

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Berghahn Books, May 30, 2008 - Social Science - 302 pages
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As a religious and cultural minority in Turkey, the Alevis have suffered a long history of persecution and discrimination. In the late 1980s they started a movement for the recognition of Alevi identity in both Germany and Turkey. Today, they constitute a significant segment of Germany's Turkish immigrant population. In a departure from the current debate on identity and diaspora, Sökefeld offers a rich account of the emergence and institutionalization of the Alevi movement in Germany, giving particular attention to its politics of recognition within Germany and in a transnational context. The book deftly combines empirical findings with innovative theoretical arguments and addresses current questions of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, and identity.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ch 1Identity and recognition
16
Ch 2Going public
37
Ch 3Organizing alevis
64
Ch 4Crosscurrents of identification
93
Ch 5The politics of memory
116
Ch 6Ritual and community
145
Ch 7Recognition and the politics of migration in Germany
178
Ch 8Transnational connections and the claims of the nation
209
Conclusion
253
Appendix 1
263
References
266
Index
284
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Martin Sökefeld is professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Munich, Germany. He previously taught at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In 1997 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen and his Habilitation from the University of Hamburg in 2005. Sökefeld has also done fieldwork on ethnicity in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.

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