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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 immigrant Turks and seeks. 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. 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,1 Retrieving from the interpretative anthropology, the study of Geertz writes, Ge but an interpretative one in search of meaning. ” 2The discourse analysis is expected to assist in revealing the differences, meanings and symbols. In other words, the output of the discourse analysis constitutes the input of the interpretative anthropology. The fundamental questions, retrieving from the discourse analysis and interpretative anthropology to study the ethnography of communication, 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 a personality be viewed as a conglomeration of sociological concepts through a discourse analysis study? (c) How does an anthropological discourse analysis approach to Muslims live in Germany?

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