Perceptions, contestations and negotiations on race, ethnicity and gender : the case of Sub-Saharan African migrants in Istanbul

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Perceptions, contestations and negotiations on race, ethnicity and gender : the case of Sub-Saharan African migrants in Istanbul
Author(s) Suter, Brigitte
Date 2013
English abstract
Drawing from ethnographic material collected during fieldwork in Istanbul between 2007 and 2009, this article departs from the increased presence of nationals from Sub-Saharan African countries in Turkey, and in three sections looks at how ethnic relations, conceptualised as processes of boundary-making, play out between these migrants and the Turkish majority population. Grounded in a constructivist paradigm and applying an intersectional perspective, the first section looks at how the discourse of the Other in the mainstream is perceived, internalised, made sense of and to some part resisted. The second section ‘returns the gaze’ and gives room for my interlocutor’s’ perception of the mainstream’s ethnicity, while the last section looks at how whiteness is perceived when it becomes gendered. Apart from race, ethnicity and gender, research participants also regarded religion and legal status as dominant markers of identity and difference in the Turkish context.
Link http://www.politics.ankara.edu.tr/dergi/pdf/68/1/4.BRIGITTE-SUTER.pdf (external link to publication)
Publisher Ankara Universitesi, Ankara Universitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi
Host/Issue SBF Journal;1
Volume 68
ISSN 1309-1034
Pages 59-81
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) ethnicity
race
gender
African migrants
Turkey
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15198 (link to this page)

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