1st Edition

Turkish Muslim Women in Berlin Navigating Boundaries in the City

By Ceren Kulkul Copyright 2025
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    Kulkul presents her ethnographic work with Turkish Muslim women in Berlin as evidence that community is not an entity, but is produced by instrumentalizing specific forms of identification and boundary-making.


    In examining the role of community in the case of her participants, Kulkul finds that religion and culture are important not for the values they perpetuate, but for their role in forming and sustaining the community. She looks at the importance of boundaries and especially their reciprocity. Social boundaries are a set of codes of exclusion often used against migrants and refugees, while symbolic boundaries are typically understood as the way one defines one’s own group. Kulkul argues that these two types of boundaries tend to trigger each other and thus to be mutually reinforcing. At the same time she presents a picture of everyday life from the perspective of migrants and the children of migrants in a cosmopolitan European city. – Berlin.


    A valuable read for scholars of migration and culture, which will especially interest scholars focussed on Europe.



    Ceren Kulkul is a postdoctoral researcher at Koç University Migration Studies Application and Research Center (MiReKoc). She completed her PhD in 2022 at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She received her undergraduate degree in 2014 and her master’s degree in 2017 at the Department of Sociology at Middle East Technical University. Her research fields are urban sociology, migration studies, community studies. She has publications in the fields of urban belonging, expats in Germany, boundaries in the city. She has taught at the Humboldt University of Berlin on qualitative research techniques and social networks in mixed neighborhoods.