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How Should A Body Move: Turkish German Claims To Recognition In Architecture, Film, And Literature, Petra Landfester Jan 2012

How Should A Body Move: Turkish German Claims To Recognition In Architecture, Film, And Literature, Petra Landfester

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The decades-long struggle to define German multicultural society takes place in relationship to state and popular assumptions about the nature of German and Western secularism. Expressions of this struggle include the "mosque debate," in which opponents sought to prevent new mosques in Germany, and discussions about offering Islam instruction in German schools along with Catholic and Protestant lessons. This dissertation addresses the role of the physical body in the recognition, or misrecognition, of "Others" as members of society. By utilizing theories of recognition as a starting point, it analyzes the embodied way in which people claim or grant recognition in ...