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Considering acculturation from a narrative approach : living in Germany with a Turkish background

Bulut, Y. (2021) Considering acculturation from a narrative approach : living in Germany with a Turkish background.

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Abstract:This paper reports how cultural adaption – acculturation in academic terms - is expressed in the stories of individuals with a Turkish background in Germany in terms of narrative identity construction. Generational differences are considered. Semi-structured life story interviews were conducted with eight individuals living in Germany and having a Turkish background. Four participants belong to the first- and the other four to the second generation. Storyline analysis was conducted to obtain story types which enable to understand and compare how acculturation is expressed within and across generations. This study unveiled two story types: story type one, (1) the wish to be part of the German society, is a reflection on the receptivity of the German society and was narrated by the first generation. Story type two, (2) coming into terms with both German and Turkish identity aspects, is about the acceptance of turkish and german identity aspects, which was mainly told by the second generation. Overall, this study adds to the acculturation model by Berry (1997; 2006) that acculturation can be regarded as an idiosyncratic and dynamic process that can be considered in a unique context of an individual's life.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85603
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