Searching for a positive ıntercultural transition between syrian refugees and turkish society
AuthorBalkan Şahin, Sevgi
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CitationBodur-Ün, Marella and Balkan-Şahin, Sevgi (May 2019). “Searching for a Positive Intercultural Transition between Syrian Refugees and Turkish Society” in Samuel Peleg (ed.) Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Global Peacebuilding and Stability. pp.198-229.
Existing studies on Syrian refugees in Turkey focused either on the difficulties refugees have been experiencing or on how refugee identities have been unilaterally transformed during their interaction with the host culture. Drawing on the literature on identity and politics of recognition, this chapter argues that intercultural encounters transform the identities, values, and norms of both host communities and refugees. The analysis is based on semi-structured interviews with non-camp Syrian refugees and local citizens in the cities of Mersin and Adana to uncover the interactions of refugees and the host society, focusing on intercultural encounters at diverse settings, including classrooms, schools, campuses, hospitals, and neighborhoods. The chapter reveals that recognition of diverse cultures, respect, empathy, and social support influence intercultural interactions in a positive way. It also shows that reflexivity and the willingness to interact on the part of both refugees and the host culture facilitate interactions and negotiations between them.