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»Sicher in Kreuzberg«

Constructing Diasporas: Turkish Hip-Hop Youth in Berlin

Ayhan Kaya

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Ayhan Kaya, »Sicher in Kreuzberg« (2015), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839400715

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This book examines the construction and articulation of diasporic cultural identity among the Turkish working-class youth in Kreuzberg (Little Istanbul), Berlin. This work primarily suggests that the contemporary diasporic consciousness is built on two antithetical axes: particularism and universalism. The presence of this dichotomy derives from the unresolved historical dialogues that the diasporic youths experience between continuity and disruption, essence and positionality, tradition and translation, homogeneity and difference, past and future, 'here' and 'there', 'roots' and 'routes', and local and global.


Ayhan Kaya (MA, MSc, PhD.), Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University; specialised on the Berlin-Turkish youth cultures and the construction and articulation of modern diasporic identities; received his PhD and MSc degrees at the University of Warwick; his book on Berlin-Turkish youth is in print; has various articles on Berlin-Turkish youth cultures, ethnic-based political participation strategies of German-Turks, Berlin-Alevis, and historians' debate in Germany; currently working on Circassian diaspora in Turkey, globalisation, diaspora nationalism, German-Turks, and multicultural clientalism in the west.


Besprochen in:

Critical Sociology, 28/3 (2002), Gokce Yurdakul
Forum Qualitative Social Research, 4/1 (2003), Wolff Michael Roth


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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)


  • Cover »Sicher in Kreuzberg«
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Research Framework and Interest
  • The Universe of the Research
  • Developing Rapport with Youngsters
  • The Implications and the Scope of the Study
  • Chapter 1. The Notions of Culture, Youth Culture, Ethnicity, and Globalisation
  • Notions of Culture
  • Globalism and Syncreticism
  • Glocalised Identities
  • Subcultural Theory
  • Outsiderism: Ethnic Minority Hip-Hop Youth Culture
  • Chapter 2. Constructing Modern Diasporas
  • The Changing Face of Ethnic Group Political Strategies
  • Diaspora Strategy
  • Diaspora Revisited
  • Diasporic Consciousness
  • Chapter 3. Kreuzberg 36: A Diasporic Space in Multicultural Berlin
  • A Turkish Ethnic Enclave
  • ‘Kleines Istanbul’ (Little Istanbul)
  • Interconnectedness in Space
  • Major Turkish Ethnic Associations in Berlin
  • Institutional Multiculturalism in Berlin
  • Essentialising and ‘Othering the Other’
  • Chapter 4. Identity and Homing of Diaspora
  • Life-worlds of the Working-Class Turkish Youth in Kreuzberg
  • ‘Sicher in Kreuzberg’: The Homing of Diaspora
  • Middle-Class Turkish Youngsters and the Question of Identity
  • Middle-Class Turkish Youth: Cosmopolitan Self and ‘Heimat’
  • Language and ‘Code-Switching’
  • Chapter 5. Cultural Identity of the Turkish Hip-Hop Youth in Kreuzberg 36
  • Cultural Sources of Identity Formation Process Among the Turkish Youth
  • Working-Class Turkish Youth Leisure Culture
  • Hip-Hop Youth Culture and Working-Class Diasporic Turkish Youth
  • Hip-Hop Youth Style: A Cultural Bricolage
  • Chapter 6. Aesthetics of Diaspora: Contemporary Minstrels
  • Rappers as Contemporary Minstrels, ‘Organic Intellectuals’ and Storytellers
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Discography

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