Labor to Culture: Writing Turkish Migration to Europe

Labor to Culture: Writing Turkish Migration to Europe and migration is not to render their significance incidental either to the contemporary configuration of the world we inhabit or to the popular and intellectual imaginary of that world, for the world we ‘‘imagine’’ 4 is now ‘‘global’’ and connected in tangible and elusive ways. The movement of peoples and goods is no longer confined to binary itineraries between proper units of the Inter-national Order put in place at the turn of the twentieth century. It is more and more difficult to isolate a rupture in the global order of things; a financial crisis here and a refugee crisis there are experienced worldwide, albeit differentially. The direction of the movement is not simply from peripheries to centers, from Third Worlds to the First. The citizens of the Third World are everywhere (Pakistanis in Japan, Indonesians in Malaysia, Zimbabweans in Botswana, and so on). The citizens of the First World are seeking fortunes in Third Worlds (the British in Hong Kong, Berlin, and Dublin, Americans in Mexico, and so on).5 In the contemporary topography of the ‘‘global,’’ as Chambers puts it, ‘‘migrancy involves a movement in which neither the points of departure nor those of arrival are immutable or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png South Atlantic Quarterly Duke University Press

Labor to Culture: Writing Turkish Migration to Europe

South Atlantic Quarterly, Volume 102 (2-3) – Apr 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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0038-2876
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1527-8026
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10.1215/00382876-102-2-3-491
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and migration is not to render their significance incidental either to the contemporary configuration of the world we inhabit or to the popular and intellectual imaginary of that world, for the world we ‘‘imagine’’ 4 is now ‘‘global’’ and connected in tangible and elusive ways. The movement of peoples and goods is no longer confined to binary itineraries between proper units of the Inter-national Order put in place at the turn of the twentieth century. It is more and more difficult to isolate a rupture in the global order of things; a financial crisis here and a refugee crisis there are experienced worldwide, albeit differentially. The direction of the movement is not simply from peripheries to centers, from Third Worlds to the First. The citizens of the Third World are everywhere (Pakistanis in Japan, Indonesians in Malaysia, Zimbabweans in Botswana, and so on). The citizens of the First World are seeking fortunes in Third Worlds (the British in Hong Kong, Berlin, and Dublin, Americans in Mexico, and so on).5 In the contemporary topography of the ‘‘global,’’ as Chambers puts it, ‘‘migrancy involves a movement in which neither the points of departure nor those of arrival are immutable or

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