A “Condition of Homelessness” or a “State of Double Consciousness”? Turkish Migrants and Home-Making in Australia

Banu Senay

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This article sketches out the shifting images and meanings of home as they are articulated by Turkish immigrants in Sydney. Rather than answering the question “which country is more 'home' than another?”, I investigate the issue of what makes any particular place home. The latter question has the potential to explore the idiosyncrasy of the experience of home as a fluid, shifting and contextual phenomenon. The narratives of Turkish migrants reveal that migration is not a process producing homelessness; instead it brings about multiple contexts that extend across spaces and evoke continuity and discontinuity with a past life.

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:

Senay, Banu. A “Condition of Homelessness” or a “State of Double Consciousness”? Turkish Migrants and Home-Making in Australia. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2009, vol.11, no.2, pp. 248-263, UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol11/issue2/art8

About the author:

Banu Senay is a Ph.D. scholar at the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney. Her recent work explores the production of various forms of Turkishness and Turkish nationalism among Turkish migrants in Australia by elucidating some of the important ways in which the Turkish state nationalises Turks in the diaspora. E-mail: banu.senay(at)scmp.mq.edu.au

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