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AuthorsL. Michon, F. Vermeulen
TitleOrganizing for access? The political mobilization of Turks in Amsterdam
JournalTurkish Studies
Year2008
Pages35
Institute/dept.IMES - Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies
KeywordsPolitical participation/mobilisation; Migrant organisations
AbstractIn this contribution, we address the issue of the relationship between political and organizational mobilization of Turkish immigrants in Amsterdam. Based on data on Turkish councilors in Amsterdam over time, and data about the boards of local Turkish organizations in Amsterdam between 1970 and 2002, we find that a majority of the municipal councilors of Turkish origin in Amsterdam have been on the board of a Turkish organization. However, it seems that the political influence of the Turkish organizations is rather limited in the process of recruitment of the local political elite, when compared to the role of Dutch political parties. Our interviews with Turkish councilors in Amsterdam moreover show that once elected, the councilors seem to nuance their ties with the Turkish community.

This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Turkish Studies (June 2009), copyright Taylor & Francis. Turkish Studies is also available online at : http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk.
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