This project investigates the everyday life of young syrian migrants in Istanbul. Their articulations and their subjective experiences will be illuminated with a focus on their social relations with others and the political and discursive context that they are affected by. Relying on semi-structured interviews with young syrian migrants as our main empirical data, this is supported by participant observations. The interviews will be analyzed from a social constructivist and phenomenological point of view, whereas an intersection of different theories will be introduced. Furthermore, this paper seeks to unfold social discourses and subjective understandings of the phenomena regarding discrimination and alienation articulated by our informants. For the theoretical basis of our analysis, Jo Krøjer & Norman Fairclough will contribute with an understanding of how the social structures and discourses represent themselves. Furthermore, the theoretical basis will be supplemented by Nigel Thrift, Arjun Appadurai and Lasse Koefoed & Kirsten Simonsen to investigate how the social and physical spaces of everyday life and the ‘figure of the stranger’ is articulated by our informants. The analysis illustrates how the Syrian migrant in Istanbul are subject to xenophobia, discrimination and alienation - however the extend of these tendencies depend on which social and physical areas they navigate in. Furthermore, they seem to always be categorized as ‘Syrians’ despite whatever context they are part of and no matter how they try to negotiate their position. We have found that the structures in the Turkish society suppress the ‘Syrians’ both socially and politically. It appears how the Syrian migrant is part of a never-ending dialectic negotiation of belonging to the imagined community.
|Uddannelser||Kultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||17 dec. 2019|