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

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Zeynep Kilic

University of Alaska Anchorage

Cecilia Menjívar

Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kilic, Zeynep and Menjívar, Cecilia, Fluid Adaptation of Contested Identities: Second-Generation Migrant Turks in Germany and the United States (2013). Social Identities, 19 (2): 204-220, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333048

Zeynep Kilic

University of Alaska Anchorage ( email )

3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
United States

Cecilia Menjívar (Contact Author)

Department of Sociology ( email )

Lawrence, KS 66045-7585
United States

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