"Alevi migrant organisations and their role within contemporary discourses on integration in Germany and the Netherlands"

The research project aims at a comparative ethnological analysis of the role of Turkish-Alevi migrant organisations within the framework of contemporary socio-political discourses about the problem of the integration of strangers in Germany and in the Netherlands. The research focusses on the differences and similiarities which emerge from the ways in which both nation states conceptually deal with the problem of the stranger. Moreover, it is scrutinized how these national discourses are experienced and conceptualized by the respective Alevi migrant groups in both countries. These processes of mutual perception and cultural valorization will be researched on different levels, on a socio-cultural, jural-political, economic and religious level. By differentiating between these levels, it will become possible to get an insight about the way in which integration is considered to be achievable -both by the incorporating society and by the migrants themselves- at a specific level, whereas on another level the "foreigner" or "stranger" is conceptually excluded from the incorporating society or by the migrant group. From a more general perspective, the research revolves around the question whether there must be a general potential in a society´s system of ideas and values to positively value the stanger in order to make integration mutually possible.

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