Knowledge economy Turkish youth Social class Political identities
FAAS, D., Turkish Youth in the European Knowledge Economy: exploring their responses to Europe and the role of social class and school dynamics for their identities, European Societies, 9, 4, 2007, 573, 599
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Globalisation and Europeanisation are complementary and partly
overlapping processes that identify the increasingly supranational context in
which political and educational systems are operating. This article explores
how Turkish youth in two German and English secondary schools relate to the
European knowledge economy, and how their political identities are shaped
by school dynamics (ethos, curriculum and peer cultures) and social class
positioning. Drawing upon mainly qualitative data, the paper indicates that
when the concept of Europe is allied to multiculturalism, there is the
possibility of including minority ethnic groups like the Turkish Muslims and
giving them the opportunity of relating to the European knowledge economy.
If, however, Europe is understood as a white Christian concept, then Turkish
teenagers will struggle to relate positively to Europe as a political identity.
The article not only gives voice to young Turkish Muslims in Europe but also
assesses the potential for Europe to be a common ground for all youth to
negotiate their identities.
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