Contributions of German-Turkish Civil Society Organizations to German Political Discourses of Belonging Public Deposited

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  • Brashear, Anna
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This thesis seeks to illuminate the participatory role and contribution processes of German-Turkish civil society organizations by bringing together existing secondary literature on migrant social organizations' purpose and practices with primary source material about two German-Turkish organizations in Berlin: the Türkischer Bund in Berlin-Brandenburg and the Türkische Gemeinde zu Berlin. While existing literature addresses immigrants' social practices of citizenship via civil society organizations or political opportunity structures that allow migrant organizations to access various levels of government, this article contributes by concentrating on migrant organizations’ discourse production and political participation and examining how they alter public debates and pursue policy changes. This focus deals with an important aspect of the ongoing discussion in Germany about the efficacy of participatory practices as a means to more empowering forms of integration for migrant groups and their potential to influence the (re)definition of national identities in their societies of settlement.
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  • Hooghe, Liesbet
  • Vachudová, Milada Anna
  • Stephens, John
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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