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Hülya's migration to Germany as self-sacrifice undergone and suffered in love for her parents, and her later biographical individualisation : biographical problems and biographical work of marginalisation and individualisation of a young Turkish woman in Germany

Hülyas Auswanderung nach Deutschland als Aufopferung aus Liebe zu ihren Eltern : biographische Probleme und biographische Arbeit der Marginalisierung und Individualisierung einer jungen Türkin in Deutschland
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Schütze, Fritz

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Abstract After asking what is typical or general in the life history of Hülya as a migrant worker in Germany and what is exceptional or unique (section 1) the biographical processes of her life history up to the most central episodes of her conventional and estranging pre-arranged marriage and her way out of it through divorce after having stayed in Germany for several years will be delineated (section 2). Before reaching this turning point Hülya not only undergoes the 'common' type trajectory of a migrant worker - the trajectory of being a cultural stranger, of being void of language, of being exploited by hardest sorts of work -, but, in addition, her personal biographical development is retarded by the exceptional, but probably not totally untypical experience of being trapped within a situation of compulsory labour (resembling slave labour). For a long time she also feels obliged to remain in her trajectory position of an isolated migrant worker, since originally she had mainly meant to go to Germany in order to support her poverty stricken family back in Turkey with her earnings. Partly based on the fear that she will get self-alienated and 'petrified' like the older women with whom she dwells and works together Hülya accepts a pre-arranged marriage (probably mainly negotiated by her mother) as the only way out of her predicament. But willy-nilly Hülya must learn that she - already embarked on her way to an individualized and emancipated existence - cannot live in such a superimposed arrangement, and therefore she distances herself from her husband through the biographical escape action schemes first of returning to Germany alone and then of pushing ahead her divorce.
Keywords job situation; foreign worker; marriage; emancipation; family; woman; gender role; individualization; life career; life situation; marginality; role taking; Turk; migration
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 107-126
Journal Historical Social Research, 31 (2006) 3
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works