Belonging, Somehow: Communities of Difference

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


This chapter provides a backbone to the book’s modest ambitions, as well as opening the work to the study of emotions. It supports the empirical research behind the argument that cohesion (or, rather, the mainstream use of this term) is not a sine qua non of belonging. Belonging might bring anger, resentment, shame, fear, and conflict; and acts of belonging are strategies of emotional survival in the face of multiple/conflicting belongings. They allow the individual to claim belonging in spite of possible differences. The individual acts on or through those differences in order to claim belonging.


Acts of citizenship Belonging Anxiety Psychoanalysis Conflict 


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