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Social and political dimension of stigmatization: The development of Natasha and Maria images for immigrants in Istanbul


  • Bayram Unal

    () (Fernand Braudel Center, State University of Binghamton, NY, USA & Faculty Member, Nigde University, Turkey)


This study aims at understanding how the perceptions about migrants have been created and transferred into daily life as a stigmatization by means of public perception, media and state law implementations. The focus would be briefly what kind of consequences these perceptions and stigmatization might lead. First section will examine the background of migration to Turkey briefly and make a summary of migration towards Turkey by 90s. Second section will briefly evaluate the preferential legal framework, which constitutes the base for official discourse differentiating the migrants and implementations of security forces that can be described as discriminatory. The third section deals with the impact of perceptions influential in both formation and reproduction of inclusive and exclusive practices towards migrant women. Additionally, impact of public perception in classifying the migrants and migratory processes would be dealt in this section.

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  • Bayram Unal, 2016. "Social and political dimension of stigmatization: The development of Natasha and Maria images for immigrants in Istanbul," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 13(1), pages 159-168, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:13:y:2016:i:1:p:159-168

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