Turkish immigration, art and narratives of home in France

By Annedith Schneider

Turkish immigration, art and narratives of home in France


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9149-4
  • Pages: 144
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2016
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Social & cultural anthropology, Migration, immigration & emigration, Cultural studies


Turkish immigration, art and narratives of home in France argues for a cultural, rather than a sociological or economic, approach to understanding how immigrants become part of their new country. In contrast to the language of integration or assimilation which evaluates an immigrant's success in relation to a static endpoint (e.g. integrated or not), 'settling' is a more useful metaphor. Immigrants and their descendants are not definitively 'settled', but rather engage in an ongoing process of adaptation. In order to understand this process of settling, it is important to pay particular attention to immigrants not only as consumers, but also as producers of culture, since artistic production provides a unique and nuanced perspective on immigrants' sense of home and belonging, especially within the multi-generational process of settling. In order to anchor these larger theoretical questions in actual experience, this book looks at music, theatre and literature by artists of Turkish immigrant origin in France.


Introduction: settling in
1. Politics and belonging in the music of Turkish-French rapper C-it
2. Home and back again: texts and contexts in the Kebab Show theatre troupe
3. Home is where the laughter is: humour and narrative control on stage with Ayse Sahin
4. A Turk in Paris: Karagöz's cultural and linguistic migration
5. The right to (offer) hospitality in Sema Kiliçkaya's Le Chant des tourterelles
Conclusion: settling in


Annedith Schneider is Research Associate at the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University

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