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Remembering across the border: postsocialist nostalgia among Turkish immigrants from Bulgaria

Parla, Ayşe (2009) Remembering across the border: postsocialist nostalgia among Turkish immigrants from Bulgaria. (Accepted/In Press)

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This paper views “postsocialist nostalgia” among Turkish immigrants from Bulgaria not just as strategic performance to negotiate the challenges they encounter in Turkey as working women but also as cross-cultural analysis based on migrants’ experiences of distinct gender regimes on the two sides of the border. I explore why the competition between older residents and newcomers over scarce resources becomes, in this instance, the ground for negotiation over proper gender roles. I also suggest that the migrants’ appeal to the communist legacy posits an alternative to either “normalizing” or “orwellizing” communism, and offers a more nuanced understanding of the norms and practices of gender and labor under communism as experienced by this particular group of minority women. [Turkish migrants from Bulgaria, postsocialist nostalgia, gender, honor, Turkey]

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ID Code:12122
Deposited By:Ayşe Parla
Deposited On:06 Oct 2009 14:36
Last Modified:13 Dec 2009 13:11

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