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Fluid adaptation of contested citizenship: second-generation migrant Turks in Germany and the United States

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This paper explores belonging in the context of legal citizenship for second-generation Turkish immigrants in Berlin and in New York. Fluid adaptation refers to the discursive boundaries of immigrant identity articulations, the contextual and shifting adjustments immigrants make to their sense of belonging. Immigrant belonging, gauged by ‘encounters’ with bureaucracies and participatory expressions, is shaped in large part by the receiving state's legal framework and citizenship status. Belonging is complicated by racialization and exclusion, and affected by intersectionalities of immigrant experience. Limited citizenship models necessitate deployment of fluid and alternative membership models. Alternative forms of belonging underscore the power of the nation-state in delimiting belonging.
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Keywords: Turkish immigrants; belonging; citizenship; racialization; second-generation immigrants

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, USA 2: School of Social and Family Dynamics, Program in Sociology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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