Public and even scholarly debates usually focus on the integration problems of Muslim immigrants at the cost of overlooking the role of the growing number of migrant organizations in establishing a crucial link among immigrants themselves, as well as between them and their countries of origin and residence. This book aims to fill a gap in the vast literature on migration from Turkey by contributing the neglected aspect of civic and political participation of Turkish immigrants. It brings together a number of scholars who carried out extensive research on the associational culture of Turkish immigrants living in different countries in Europe and North America. In order to understand the diversity and dynamics within Turkish migrant communities living in these parts of the world yet maintaining transnational ties, this book offers a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to migrant organizations in general and civic participation and political mobilization of Turkish immigrants in particular.
This book was published as a special issue in Turkish Studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword 1. Introduction: Turkish Identity Formation and Political Mobilization in Western Europe and North America Şebnem Köşer Akçapar and Gökçe Yurdakul 2. Turkish Organizations in Europe: How National Contexts Provide Different Avenues for Participation Pontus Odmalm 3. Turkish Associations in the United States: Towards Building a Transnational Identity Şebnem Köşer Akçapar 4. Immigrant Associations in Canada: Included, Accommodated, or Excluded? Saime Ozcurumez 5. Islam, Conflict, and Integration: Turkish Religious Associations in Germany Gökçe Yurdakul and Ahmet Yükleyen 6. “The Light of the Alevi Fire Was Lit in Germany and then Spread to Turkey”: A Transnational Debate on the Boundaries of Islam Esra Özyürek 7. Organizing for Access? The Political Mobilization of Turks in Amsterdam Laure Michon and Floris Vermeulen 8. Towards a Success Story? Turkish Immigrant Organizations in Norway Jon Rogstad 9. The Gülen Movement in Ireland: Civil Society Engagements of a Turkish Religio-cultural Movement Jonathan Lacey 10. Afterword: Beyond a Methodologically Nationalist Perspective on Civil Society Thomas Faist
Sebnem Koser Akcapar, Ph.D, is a social anthropologist. She is the director of Georgetown University’s McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies. Previously, she worked at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and at the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at Georgetown University lecturing inter alia on Muslim communities in Europe and North America, and Islam and Gender.