Managing Invisibility: Dissimulation and Identity Maintenance Among Alevi Bulgarian Turks Hande Sözer

ISBN: 9789004279186

Published: July 25th 2014

Hardcover

238 pages


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Managing Invisibility: Dissimulation and Identity Maintenance Among Alevi Bulgarian Turks  by  Hande Sözer

Managing Invisibility: Dissimulation and Identity Maintenance Among Alevi Bulgarian Turks by Hande Sözer
July 25th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 238 pages | ISBN: 9789004279186 | 10.76 Mb

In Managing Invisibility, Hande Sözer examines complicated invisibilities of Alevi Bulgarian Turks, a double-minority which faces structural discrimination in Bulgaria and Turkey. While the literature portrays minorities’ visibility as a requirementMoreIn Managing Invisibility, Hande Sözer examines complicated invisibilities of Alevi Bulgarian Turks, a double-minority which faces structural discrimination in Bulgaria and Turkey.

While the literature portrays minorities’ visibility as a requirement for their empowerment or a source of their surveillance, the book argues that for such minorities what matters is their control over their own visibility. To make this point, it focuses on the concept protective dissimulation, a strategy of self-imposed invisibility.

It discusses cases indicating Alevi Bulgarian Turks’ strategies of dealing with historically changing majorities in their larger societies and argues that dissimulation actually reinforces the intergroup distinctions for the minority’s members. The data for the book was gathered during 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Bulgaria and Turkey.



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