I Long for Normality

A Study on German Parliamentarians with Migration Backgrounds

  • Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Into the Topic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
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  3. Reflection on Relevant Concepts: Towards a Way to Examine Politicians with Migration Backgrounds

  4. Research Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz
      Pages 105-119
    3. Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz
      Pages 135-165
  5. Findings of the Empirical Data: A Level-by-Level Analysis of the Five Strategies of Management of the Marker “Migration Background” in Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz
      Pages 169-193
    3. Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz
      Pages 231-263
  6. Final Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz
      Pages 267-294
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 295-314

About this book


The political participation of names such as Mowassat, Demirel, or Özdemir alongside conventional German names such as Schmidt, Maier, or Beck is already becoming a routine aspect in German politics. Recent political debates on introducing special quotas to motivate more political aspirants with migration background adds emphasis on the necessity to elaborate whether and how having a ‘migration background’ is negotiated in political practice. Devrimsel Nergiz investigates how German politicians with migration backgrounds negotiate and deploy the marker ‘migration background’ in their political practice.



·         A Way to Examine Politicians with Migration Backgrounds

·         A Level-by-Level Analysis of a Management of the Marker “Migration Background” in Political Practice

·         Five Strategies Deployed in the Management of the Marker


Target Groups

·         Researchers and students in the fields of sociology, political sociology, political sciences, cultural studies, ethnology

·         Political parties, foundations with a special focus on migration, inclusion, political participation, diversity management



The Author

Dr. Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz completed her doctoral thesis at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University.


Germany Identity politics Migration background Political sociology Politicians

Authors and affiliations

  • Devrimsel Deniz Nergiz
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-01872-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-01871-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-01872-6
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