Biographical processes, self-conception, and style of communication of a group of Turkish girls in Mannheim, Germany.

Inken Keim

Institute for the German Language, Mannheim, Germany

WS140: Multilingualism and identities across Contexts: Turkish-speaking Youth in Europe

Based on long-term ethnographic research and on biographical interviews, my paper focuses on the biographical processes of a group of Turkish girls in Mannheim, Germany as well as on the gradual change in group members’ self-conception and style of communication in the course of growing into adulthood. The ethnographic description of the group’s life world constitutes the frame for the analytical reconstruction of those factors that lead to the formation of a (at times even criminal) ethnic clique, the “Turkish Powergirls” as they called themselves, who shared a common fate and constructed a genuine style of communication. The choice of linguistic and communicative means for constructing a style of communication is motivated by and deeply grounded in group members’ social, intellectual and emotional experiences which they gained in the process of positioning themselves in relation to relevant others of their life world. My paper will give a rough outline of these processes.

Session: Workshop (part 2)
Multilingualism and identities across Contexts: Turkish-speaking Youth in Europe
Friday, April 4, 2008, 13:45-15:15
room: 07