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Does education ‘trump’ nationality? Boundary-drawing practices among highly educated migrants from Turkey

AutorInnen: Yanasmayan, Zeynep Publikationsjahr: 2016

Inspired by a super-diversity approach, this paper seeks to explore the influence of the ‘ethnic hierarchy’ of ‘old’ minority groups over the way ‘new’ migrants from Turkey negotiate their interaction in the daily life in three settings: Amsterdam, London and Barcelona. By focusing on highly educated migrants from Turkey who by virtue of their country of origin or religion are positioned at the bottom of ‘ethnic hierarchies’, it strives to understand the significance of these different sources of diversity in daily interaction. Applying boundary-drawing strategies developed for ethnic boundaries, this paper argues that education does not necessarily ‘trump’ nationality, but allows for substantial claims of difference. New migrants from Turkey carve out a space for themselves by on the one hand homogenizing Turkish or other Muslim communities through attributing ‘unwanted’ behaviours and on the other re-defining the boundaries of their individual identity with emphasis on different sources of diversity.

doi: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1131315
Yanasmayan,Zeynep (2016): Does education ‘trump’ nationality? Boundary-drawing practices among highly educated migrants from Turkey. Ethnic and Racial Studies 39 (11), 2041-2059. 10.1080/01419870.2015.1131315.