Turkish Guest Workers in Germany: Hidden Lives and Contested Borders, 1960s to 1980s

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Turkish Guest Workers in Germany tells the post-war story of Turkish "guest workers," whom West German employers recruited to fill their depleted ranks. Jennifer A. Miller’s unique approach starts in the country of departure rather than the country of arrival and is heavily informed by Turkish-language sources and perspectives.

Miller argues that the guest worker program, far from creating a parallel society, involved constant interaction between foreign nationals and Germans. These categories were as fluid as the Cold War borders they crossed. Miller’s extensive use of archival research in Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands examines the recruitment of workers, their travel, initial housing and work engagements, social lives, and involvement in labour and religious movements. She reveals how contrary to popular misconceptions, the West German government attempted to maintain a humane, foreign labour system and the workers themselves made crucial, often defiant, decisions. Turkish Guest Workers in Germany identifies the Turkish guest worker program as a postwar phenomenon that has much to tell us about the development of Muslim minorities in Europe and Turkey’s ever-evolving relationship with the European Union.

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  • Page Count: 228 pages
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Turkish Guest Workers in Germany tells the post-war story of Turkish "guest workers," whom West German employers recruited to fill their depleted ranks.

Turkish Guest Workers in Germany: Hidden Lives and Contested Borders, 1960s to 1980s

© 2017

Turkish Guest Workers in Germany tells the post-war story of Turkish "guest workers," whom West German employers recruited to fill their depleted ranks. Jennifer A. Miller’s unique approach starts in the country of departure rather than the country of arrival and is heavily informed by Turkish-language sources and perspectives.

Miller argues that the guest worker program, far from creating a parallel society, involved constant interaction between foreign nationals and Germans. These categories were as fluid as the Cold War borders they crossed. Miller’s extensive use of archival research in Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands examines the recruitment of workers, their travel, initial housing and work engagements, social lives, and involvement in labour and religious movements. She reveals how contrary to popular misconceptions, the West German government attempted to maintain a humane, foreign labour system and the workers themselves made crucial, often defiant, decisions. Turkish Guest Workers in Germany identifies the Turkish guest worker program as a postwar phenomenon that has much to tell us about the development of Muslim minorities in Europe and Turkey’s ever-evolving relationship with the European Union.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: German and European Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 228 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Jennifer Miller’s Turkish Guest Workers is assiduously researched, passionately written and filled with enlightening material for scholars of migration, labor, Turkey, and postwar Germany."


    Quinn Slobodian, Department of History, Wellesley College

    "Turkish Guest Workers in Germany is captivating! Jennifer Miller provides a totally unknown dimension to a much assumed story of Turkish migration to Germany."


    Esra Özyürek, Associate Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics
  • Author Information

    Jennifer A. Miller is an associate professor in the Department of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations and Tables
    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Part One
    1. The Invitation
    2. In Transit
    3. Finding Homes

    Part Two

    4. Contested Borders
    5. Imperfect Solidarities
    Conclusion: Contested Histories

    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index