Negotiating the Boundaries of Belonging

The Intricacies of Naturalisation in Germany

  • Nils Witte

Part of the Studien zur Migrations- und Integrationspolitik book series (SZMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Nils Witte
    Pages 45-55
  3. Nils Witte
    Pages 151-172
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 173-219

About this book


Nils Witte explores Turkish migrants’ destigmatization strategies and investigates their legal and symbolic motives for naturalisation. Using mixed methods and unique data the author shows that Turkish migrants’ inclination to naturalise would be stronger if they were allowed to retain their former citizenship and if they were recognized as symbolic members of German society. Minority members enjoy expansive rights as permanent residents and many are entitled to hold German citizenship. However, they often experience symbolic exclusion making symbolic membership a rare motive for naturalisation. 

• Naturalisation in a Post-National World 
• Theorizing Legal and Symbolic Membership 
• Survey Results: Symbolic and Legal Membership 
• Qualitative Interviews: Stigmatization and Destigmatization

Target Groups
• Researchers and students of sociology, ethnography, and political theory who deal with migration and integration
• Practitioners in the field of integration policies, commissioners for integration

The Author
Nils Witte is research assistant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.


Destigmatization Ethnic boundaries Mixed methods Survey research Model of frame selection Citizenship

Authors and affiliations

  • Nils Witte
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Soziologie, Medien- und KulturwissenschaftenKarlsruher Institut für Technologie KarlsruheGermany

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