The Everyday Violence of Forced Displacement: Memory, Community and Identity Politics among Internally Displaced Kurds in Turkey is based on ethnographic research in four Istanbul neighborhoods in the early 2000s and after. Miriam Geerse focuses on individuals and families that tried to sustain meaningful lives in an urban context marked by political and structural violence. Geerse argues that forces, other than war and forced displacement, instilled in many forced migrants a pressing need and desire to keep hammering home the price and pain of displacement. Much of this book then bears witness to the formation of an oppositionalconsciousness. Geerse’s analysis of the mobilization of social capital in times of illness and social conflict offers an understanding of how a dispersed community of people who share the same stories function in an inhospitable urban environment. In laying bare the interconnections between experiences before, during and after forced displacement, and by focusing on people’s narratives and their experiences, Geerse provides insight to activists striving to improve the position of Kurds, to academics studying the impact of forced migration and other forms of political violence on civilians, and to all those who argue for a more balanced view of the recent history of Turkey.
Miriam Geerse studied Cultural Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Utrecht University and has carried out extensive field research in Turkey.
Chapter One: Dealing with Near Totalizing Experiences: Perspectives on Politically-Induced Displacement
Chapter Two: Displaced from Alimler: A Story from A to Z
Chapter Three: ‘The State’, ‘The PKK’ and ‘The People’
Chapter Four: Leaving the Village and Settling in the City
Chapter Five: Urban Troubles, Urban Support?
Chapter Six: Health Matters: The Benefits and Drawbacks of ‘The Social’
Chapter Seven: Conflict, Capital and Control: “We Solved That One Too”
Chapter Eight: Turkish Displacements - Emplacing ‘Matters out of Place’
"Much has been written on the Kurdish forced displacement which took place in the 1990s in Turkey. However, the everyday experiences of these migrants remain an understudied subject. The Everyday Violence of Forced Displacement presents an empirically rich and comprehensive anthropological account of the everyday experiences of internally displaced Kurds in four districts of Istanbul in the early 2000s—the problems they encountered before and after their forced migration, the communities they developed, their narratives about conflict and peace in Turkey, as well their troubling relations with state institutions and the critical role played by the pro-Kurdish political party in facilitating their lives in the city. Presenting forced migration as a continuum, Dr. Geerse offers a fascinating view to understandhow social capital operates in violent contexts along with the negative consequences of war, oppression, and displacement. "