Influences of 1923 population exchange on second and third generation migrants

Paköz Türkeli, Ahu
This thesis aims to show and compare the influences of population exchange on the second and third generation 1923 Lausanne Treaty Muslim exchange migrants from Greece to Turkey, who were settled in Istanbul, Catalca area. We scrutinize their knowledge and interest on the migration process and explore if they have protected their identities today. We accepted individual’s identity, culture and value as an inextricable part of global issues and culture; and as a mutually effective process. We argued the population exchange period and afterwards were also a huge process of historical and sociological change and should be analyzed with a dynamic perspective which takes into account both external, internal actors and the structures. Thereupon, the thesis suggests that it is possible to get an overall perspective on the knowledge and identities of following generations by use of in-depth interviews, and with the help of Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘theory of practice’ and Karl Mannheim’s ideas on ‘generations’. In order to achieve this, we firstly provided a brief historical background of the periods. Then, we continued with the presentation of the scholars who gave importance to the study of interviews and life histories and after that provided the methodological ground of the thesis. The research then focused on the studies of forced migration and presented the common elements of these studies with our case. Finally, we provide examples of the discussed points from the interviews conducted with the exchange migrants. Upon these analyses, we will reveal the culture, values, relationships and identities the second and third generation exchange migrants preserved and/or carried on today.


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Citation Formats
A. Paköz Türkeli, “Influences of 1923 population exchange on second and third generation migrants,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2016.