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Title: Turkish migrant workers in the Federal Republic of Germany : an anthropological study of migration
Author: Yucel, A. E.
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1982
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This is a study of the process of labour migration from Turkey to the federal Republic of Germany. It is based on fieldwork carried out in the fRG. A major claim is made about methods, namely that in the study of urban societies, participant observation among a small group - the traditional approach of anthropology - can be fruitfully supplemented by a larger survey based on Questionnaire interviews. This is the approach of this study. At the core of it is a survey of 267 migrants in different towns and industries in the fRG. Migration is understood as a dynamic social process and the international labour migration emerges as an aspect of differential regional development. Within this framework migrants are seen as decision making individuals, negotiating two systems with conflicting expectations and pressures, those of Turkey and Germany. Their decisions are made with the help of their social networks which are based on kin, fellow-countrymen and friends. Empirically this thesis shows that labour migration is very selective and highly organized. Migrants work in low-skill, manual, low status positions that are left open by the indigenous population. Their positions in the labour and housing markets reflect their marginal positions and vulnerability. There is variation, however, within the migrant population. The variation appears as a result of differences in migrant ideology and such differences determine the migrants' plans for the future and their return to Turkey.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Demography & population studies