Offers a sophisticated understanding of how Turkish diasporic people experience citizenship in Germany.
Around the world, a new kind of citizenship is appearing, especially among diasporic people such as German-born Berliners of Turkish origin. Drawing on interviews conducted over fifteen years, Forging Diasporic Citizenship explores the dynamics of everyday life for these Ausländer (or "outsiders"), German-born citizens of Turkish origin. In this work of narrative research, Gül Çaliskan explores the tensions between the experience of displacement and the politics of accommodation as Ausländer make claims to citizenship, articulate the ways they are rooted, and seek to achieve recognition. Through examining the social encounters, life events, and everyday practices of these German-born Ausländer, Forging Diasporic Citizenship constructs a theoretically sophisticated, transnationally applicable hypothesis regarding the nature of modern citizenship and multiculturalism.
About the Author
Gül Çaliskan is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton in Canada. She is the editor of Gendering Globalization, Globalizing Gender: A Postcolonial Approach.