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Acts of Belonging in Modern Societies

Sexuality, Immigration, Citizenship


Part of the Citizenship, Gender and Diversity book series (FEMCIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ilgın Yörükoğlu
    Pages 1-25
  3. Ilgın Yörükoğlu
    Pages 53-68
  4. Ilgın Yörükoğlu
    Pages 101-118
  5. Ilgın Yörükoğlu
    Pages 119-134
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 135-138

About this book


This book examines the ways in which the need to belong manifests itself in the post 9/11 world, from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Using queer Turkish women in Berlin as its subjects, the book shows how individuals with seemingly contradictory belongings develop strategies of emotional survival in the face of conflict, which Yorukoglu terms “acts of belonging”. It studies the impact of populist discourses on minorities, exploring concepts such as security, integration, sexual tolerance and cohesion within a causal relationship. Questioning this assumed relationship, the book proposes an alternative approach to study belonging. Acts Of Belonging in Modern Societies supports the empirical research behind the argument that cohesion is not a "sine qua non" of belonging. These acts allow the individual to claim belonging in spite of possible differences. The book provides evocative case studies to reveal the affective, dynamic, complex nature of human connectedness.


Identity Hate crime Security Gender and rights religion Muslim immigrants social cohesion Burkini ethnicity religious identity war on terror refugee migration urban sociology deviance race relations political sociology queer community psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New York CityUSA

About the authors

Ilgin Yorukoglu is Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Criminal Justice Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, US.   

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