Strategies of Identity Formation: Youth of Turkish Descent by Ali Mehdi

By Ali Mehdi

Integration of immigrants and their descendants has been a socially delicate and a politically urgent factor in Germany, really in fresh a long time. Being the most important immigrant team within the kingdom, and for a few different purposes, the highlight has been on humans of Turkish descent. From a sociological point of view, the method of id formation is a serious step towards integration. If immigrants of Turkish descent are to be built-in within the society, it is necessary to inquire how they conceive of themselves, and understand how they're conceived via the so-called locals. Heeding Goethe, Ali Mehdi is going out into vast and open land to behavior in-depth interviews with seven younger males of Turkish descent, born in Germany, and to research – using the empathetic procedure of the German hermeneutic culture – the wealthy range of id concepts that the interviewees employ.

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However, according to Prof Sen, ''the person who discovers that she is Jewish would still have to decide what importance to give to that identity compared with other competing identities" (Sen 1999: 18). Discovery does not mean an intrinsic determinism. Anthropologists have specifically succumbed to the essentialist appeal: they are always digging down deep in their search for primordial cultures and socie- 34 ties, in the form when they had not come under the 'evil' influences of external sources.

The first one of them is the linear, bipolar model. In it, "ethnic identity is conceptoalized along a continuum from strong ethnic ties at one extreme to strong mainstream ties at the other". It is possible for different combinations to exist between the two ends of the spectrum, or there is also the probability that one settles down at either of them. The basic problem with this model is that it conceptoalizes in terms of two, and contrasting, identities. In reality, there could exist more than two contexts or cultures in a society.

This is a kind of behaviourism in reverse. "Specific historical social structures engender identity types, which are recognizable in individual cases" (Berger and Luckmann 1966: 159). One who embraces this approach, and is able to identify "individual cases", could make generalizations about "specific" societies. Some have taken this argument quite a bit further: "There is now overwhelming evidence, from a variety of disciplines, that an individual's sense of self inevitably and necessarily reflects the general world view prevailing in a given culture and era" (Honess 1990: 69).

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