Edited By Adela Elena Popa, Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Tomas Butvilas
Social Exclusion and Cultural Closeness Among the First Generation Kurdish Immigrants
Introduction Encountering new customs led people to become more cautious. For, most of the time, new places, new people, and new social relationships compel people to forget all past experiences. But it is not always easy for all, especially for the immigrants, like the Kurds. So, there are many different groups of immigrants who struggle to keep their culture alive regardless of the opinion that they have about their past. As a result of this, many cities, where people had moved, have slum clusters around them. In particular, the people who have traditional cul- tural identity are more likely to organise their life in that way. Therefore, cultural boundaries and genetic limits play the same role, as both of them have an impact on human nature (Lévi-Strauss, 2012). Also, it is difficult to become integrated in a new culture for people who have largely completed their cultural identity. If these people are rooted in rural areas, this meeting will most probably result with their retreat, like the population in this study has done. Furthermore, when we think of the attachment of these people to their tradition, we might remember what Weber said about peasants who have traditional culture. Weber pointed out that peasants rarely adopt another religion (Schroeder, 1996). These conditions cause both a cultural gap regarding social and economic issues and divide the people between the realities where they live and their different values and traditions. As A. Sayad (2003: 27) emphasised, the communal scheme of our society...
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