The Alevis in Turkey and Europe: Identity and Managing Territorial Diversity

1st Edition

Elise Massicard

Routledge
Published June 16, 2017
Reference - 260 Pages
ISBN 9781138115934 - CAT# Y337397
Series: Exeter Studies in Ethno Politics

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Summary

This book examines the development of identity politics amongst the Alevis in Europe and Turkey, which simultaneously provided the movement access to different resources and challenged its unity of action.

While some argue that Aleviness is a religious phenomenon, and others claim it is a cultural or a political trend, this book analyzes the various strategies of claim-making and reconstructions of Aleviness as well as responses to the movement by various Turkish and German actors. Drawing on intensive fieldwork, Elise Massicard suggests that because of activists’ many different definitions of Aleviness, the movement is in this sense an "identity movement without an identity."

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