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The governance of memory of migrant communities in Western Europe: a case study of memory transmission among Aramean, Assyrian and Chaldean families

Mutlu-Numansen, S. (2013) The governance of memory of migrant communities in Western Europe: a case study of memory transmission among Aramean, Assyrian and Chaldean families.

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Abstract:The aim of this research is to provide a contribution, to the state of art, in the governance of memory. This research studies, how the narratives of the violent events of 1915, of Aramean, Assyrian and Chaldean families in the Ottoman Empire, have manifested themselves throughout generations. For this qualitative case study, 50 interviews and observations were used. From analyzing the governance of memory, of the Aramean, Assyrian and Chaldean migrant families, it shows that their tribal memory is still alive and rhapsodists are present throughout generations, even in the fourth generation. The analysis also shows that there is a foundational narrative, that keeps returning in every interview. The fact that this narrative returns, is because of the migrant community’s norms and values throughout generation. Another finding is the transmission of feelings instead of narratives. Respondents claim to start with the transmission of feeling towards their children, at a very early age. The last finding is about the human rights of the migrants, both in Turkey and in Western Europe. It seems that these migrants claim their lives are still influenced by the Turkish government, even though they have fled Turkey as political refugees. These influences affect their memory transmission and the ability to commemorate, they claim. This study concludes that the memory transmission, of the violent events of 1915, were mostly through oral tradition, however during time this changed to commemoration, writing books and songs. The conclusions of this research, have led to practical implications for policy and governance, in particular for commemoration and migration policies.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63422
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