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Documenting and Explaining the Persistence of Homeland Politics among Germany's Turks1

Documenting and Explaining the Persistence of Homeland Politics among Germany's Turks1 This article examines the development of Germany's Turkish organizations since 1961. These have failed to mobilize Germany's Turks around shared ethnocultural grievances against the host society. A transnational political opportunity structure, a contextual framework involving host and sending countries, entices distinct actors leading Germany's Turkish organizations to focus on homeland differences instead of common interests. In this transnational context, actors – whom I will label political migrants — influence immigrant community cohesion by using associations to pursue goals rooted in the homeland or host country. When a sending country generates contentious political migrants in an ethnoculturally dissimilar, homogeneous democracy and the hosts fail to incorporate the foreigners, infighting focused on the homeland is likely to preoccupy the immigrant community. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Migration Review SAGE

Documenting and Explaining the Persistence of Homeland Politics among Germany's Turks1

International Migration Review , Volume 37 (1): 31 – Mar 1, 2003

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SAGE
Copyright
© 2003 Center for Migration Studies
ISSN
0197-9183
eISSN
1747-7379
DOI
10.1111/j.1747-7379.2003.tb00133.x
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Abstract

This article examines the development of Germany's Turkish organizations since 1961. These have failed to mobilize Germany's Turks around shared ethnocultural grievances against the host society. A transnational political opportunity structure, a contextual framework involving host and sending countries, entices distinct actors leading Germany's Turkish organizations to focus on homeland differences instead of common interests. In this transnational context, actors – whom I will label political migrants — influence immigrant community cohesion by using associations to pursue goals rooted in the homeland or host country. When a sending country generates contentious political migrants in an ethnoculturally dissimilar, homogeneous democracy and the hosts fail to incorporate the foreigners, infighting focused on the homeland is likely to preoccupy the immigrant community.

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International Migration ReviewSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2003

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