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Four Migration Stories: Four Turkish Migrants, Four Sui Generis Portraits in Germany

This study attempts to analyze the peculiarity of the migration stories of the Muslims in Germany who have emigrated from Turkey. Each of the four interviewees is treated as a case to explore diversity and pluralism amongst the Turkish immigrants. The main questions addressed in the study are: (a) How does anthropological discourse study of the interviewees reflect the particularities of migrants termed as “individuation”? (b) How can each personality be viewed as a conglomeration of sociological concepts through a discourse analysis? (c) How does anthropological discourse analysis approach to Muslims living in Germany who have a relationship with Turkey reveal personal backgrounds as a predictor of migration experience? An interpretative approach is exerted throughout the study to reveal the self-constructed individual realities that each story entails.

Four Migration Stories Four Turkish Migrants Four Sui Generis Portraits
Turkish women and their children, taking German lessons provided for immigrants, soon after they moved to Germany. Eckel / ullstein bild via Getty Images

Introduction

This is a case study of the Muslim immigrants living in Germany who maintain a relationship with Turkey, either distant or intimate. The study aims to explore the diversity of the experiences of immigrant Turks and seeks pluralism through focusing on the individual cases. By the phrase ‘each case,’ it is meant that each interviewee is a case to explore diversity, sui generis characters and pluralism. The study seeks the peculiarity/subjectivity of the interviewees that cannot be bracketed out by mainstream studies; as such studies are not micro-lenses to reflect upon the very subjectivities. In other words, the purpose is to evaluate and validate a discourse analysis of the Turkish immigrants’ reflections on their migration journeys, distinctions and variety in narrating their own stories and the extent of individuated anthropological lenses focusing on each immigrant as a case whose “culture is not a model inside (their) heads but rather is embodied in public symbols and actions.”1 Retrieving from the interpretative anthropology, the study is not an attempt to search for rules that can be proved or falsified by scientific experiments, as Geertz writes, “but an interpretative one in search of meaning.”2 The discourse analysis is expected to assist in revealing the significations, meanings and symbols discursively produced within that particular culture that gives the output for interpretative anthropology. In other words, the outputs of the discourse analysis constitute the input of the interpretative anthropology. The fundamental questions, retrieving from the discourse analysis and interpretative anthropology to study the ethnography of communication with the interviewer, to be addressed in the study are: (a) How does anthropological discourse analysis study of the interviewees reflect the particularities of migrants termed as “individuation”? (b) How can each personality be viewed as a conglomeration of sociological concepts through a discourse analysis study? (c) How does anthropological discourse analysis approach to Muslims living in Germany who have a relationship with Turkey reveal personal backgrounds as a foreshadow of their migration experience?

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