Home and Migrant Identity in Dialogical Life Stories of Moroccan and Turkish Dutch


In Home and Migrant Identity in Dialogical Life Stories of Moroccan and Turkish Dutch, Femke J. Stock explores the multivoiced life stories of Dutch adults of Moroccan and Turkish descent. Focusing on stories about ‘home’, this book deals with social relationships and being oneself, countries and houses, discrimination and Islamophobia, family and religion, and how these feature in personal narratives. Through microanalysis of case study material using Dialogical Self Theory, this book formulates and substantiates clear insights into descendants of migrants’ roots and routes, their sense of home, and their ambivalent processes of (dis)identification and belonging. Showing how religion plays a relatively marginal role in personal narratives, it provides an antidote to the widespread tendency to address and study Muslims almost exclusively in terms of their religious identity.

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Femke J. Stock, Ph.D. (2014, University of Groningen, cum laude), specialises in religious studies and narrative identity theory. Her research on ‘home’ in Dutch Muslims’ dialogical narratives was awarded the Mallinckrodt Prize 2015. She works at VU University Medical Center.

 1 Descendants of Migrants, Grown Up and Rooted
 2 Dialogical Narratives on Home and Identity
 3 About This Book

1 Social Context and Theoretical Frame
 1 The Dutch Context: Discourses of Belonging and Otherness
 2 Background Data: Research on Descendants of Moroccan and Turkish Migrants in the Netherlands
 3 Home
 4 Identity Through Narrative and Dialogue

2 Country-talk
 1 Introduction
 2 Arriving and Sojourning
 3 ‘There’ as Opposed to ‘here’
 4 Framing Country-talk: An Analysis
 5 Conclusion
 6 Chapter Epilogue: Making Sense of Cultural Multiplicity

3 Homelands
 1 Introduction: Homelands
 2 Points of Departure: Multivoiced Narratives, Differentiated Understandings, Embedded Homelands
 3 Differentiated Homelands
 4 Embedded Homelands
 5 Conclusion
 6 Chapter Epilogue: Naima Navigating Worlds

4 Making Sense of Exclusion: A Dialogical Approach
 1 Introduction
 2 Excluded at Home: Descendants of Migrants and Dutch Society
 3 Case Study: The Stories of Jamila
 4 Reflection: Placing Jamila’s Case in Perspective
 5 Case Study Epilogue
 6 To Conclude

5 Home in the Life Story: A Case Study of Two Sisters
 1 Introduction
 2 Case study
 3 Conclusion
 4 Chapter Epilogue: Speaking of Home

 1 Taking Stock
 2 (Social) Settings of Home
 3 The Netherlands, Morocco, Turkey: Asymmetrical Homelands
 4 Social In- and Exclusion: Home Contested
 5 The Dialogical Construction of Narratives on Home and Identity
 6 Meanings of Home in the Life Story
 7 Home and Identity: Perspectives on Lives

Appendix: Table of Informants
Anyone interested, academically or personally, in migrants, home or Muslim diasporas, in narrative identity or the dialogical self, especially in diasporic settings, and anyone concerned with Moroccan and Turkish Dutch.
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