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The Alevis in Turkey and Europe


This book examines the development of identity politics amongst the Alevis in Europe and Turkey, which simultaneously provided the movement access to different resources and challenged its unity of action.While some argue that Aleviness is a religious phenomenon, and others claim it is a cultural or a political trend, this book analyzes the various strategies of claim-making and reconstructions of Aleviness as well as responses to the movement by various Turkish and German actors. Drawing on intensive fieldwork, Elise Massicard suggests that because of activists’ many different definitions of Aleviness, the movement is in this sense an "identity movement without an identity." (Résumé éditeur)
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hal-01391410 , version 1 (03-11-2016)



Elise Massicard. The Alevis in Turkey and Europe: Identity and Managing Territorial Diversity. Routledge, pp.260, 2012, Exeter Studies in Ethno Politics, 9780415667968. ⟨hal-01391410⟩
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