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Linguistic Repertoire and Social Integration: the Turkish Community in Alsace, France

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Women play a pivotal role in the future of their first language by either being an active or passive agent; by preserving or refusing to speak it for different social, emotional and economic reasons. Using ethnographic data from Turkish community in Alsace, France, I examine the relationship of linguistic repertoire to integration and social reproduction of their identity. I argue that there is evidence for integration, while the media and politicians contradict this point. This can be observed at cultural events, in business spaces, as well as in choosing names for their children. However, due to the recent and more frequent terrorist attacks in France the Turkish community feels a need to prove itself after each subsequent attack.