Fluid Adaptation of Contested Identities: Second-Generation Migrant Turks in Germany and the United States
Social Identities, 19 (2): 204-220, 2013
Posted: 2 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2013
This paper explores belonging in the context of legal citizenship for second generation Turkish immigrants in Berlin and in New York. Fluid adaptation refers to the discursive boundaries of immigrant identity articulations, the contextual and shifting adjustments immigrants make to their sense of belonging. Immigrant belonging, gauged by ‘encounters’ with bureaucracies and participatory expressions, is shaped in large part by the receiving state’s legal framework and citizenship status. Belonging is complicated by racialization and exclusion, and affected by intersectionalities of immigrant experience. Limited citizenship models necessitate deployment of fluid and alternative membership models. Alternative forms of belonging underscore the power of the nation-state in delimiting belonging.
Keywords: Turkish immigrants, Germany, United States, citizenship, belonging, second-generation migrants, racialization
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