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Issue 21.2, May 2006

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Essay Excerpt

From "Between Cinema and Social Work: Diasporic Turkish Women and the (Dis)Pleasures of Hybridity" by Katherine Ewing

Echoing a political discourse about the threat of growing immigrant minorities and failures of integration in Europe and the United States, there is in Germany today an increasingly vocal concern about the refusal of Turkish Muslims to integrate into German society and the emergence of a self-sufficient “parallel society” that has developed in the heart of German cities. Within this parallel society, it is said, honor killings proliferate and traditionally oriented men prevent their wives and daughters from fully participating in German society....For the most vocal activists and experts, who have easy and repeated access to the media, the solution is to save these women by offering them shelter when they escape from their families so that they can merge into German society and be free of the constraints of the parallel society.