Communication and Identity in the Diaspora

Communication and Identity in the Diaspora : Turkish Migrants in Amsterdam and Their Use of Media

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"If my feet are in Amsterdam, my head and heart are in Turkey." This is the dilemma of the Turkish "guestworkers" in Christine Ogan's fascinating new work on the Netherland's migrant population. Ogan explores the explosive impact the Turkish media has had on this particular diasporic community as they struggle to adapt to life in the West and to redefine their personal and collective identity. Never before have people who lived in adopted lands had such immediate and pervasive access to information and entertainment from their birth countries. Communication and Identity documents how these newly available communication media have enabled migrants to maintain a connection with their ethnic culture, a psychological comfort zone that minimizes estrangement from Turkey, and exacerbates the separation from Dutch public life. Not only a superb case study on how the Netherlands' Turkish community defines itself, this remarkable book's message resonates across the wider European debate currently raging on immigration.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739102699
  • 9780739102695

About Christine L. Ogan

Christine Ogan is Professor of Journalism at Indiana University. She is the coauthor of Newspaper Leadership (1986) and is the coeditor of the book From Parochialism to Globalism: International Perspectives on Journalism Education (1986).
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Invitaton and the Aftermath: Changing Policy in the Netherlands Chapter 2 Life in a Strange Land: Different People, Different Lifestyles Chapter 3 Media for and about Turkish Migrants Chapter 4 Consuming Media from Home Chapter 5 Media, Identity, and the "Spiritual" Lives of the Migrants Chapter 6 Lessons Learned, Directions to Take
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