Rethinking the Coping Perspective in the Context of Discrimination: Young Religious Minorities in Turkey
Bahar Tanyaş presents a detailed exploration of religious minority individuals’ responses to discrimination in everyday life. Qualitative interview data with young Christian, Jewish and Alevi Muslim participants in Turkey are used to contest the coping discourse in our understanding of responses to discrimination and conceptualize these responses as situated reactions enforced or mediated by discrimination itself. Tanyaş argues that categories of ‘coping styles’ overlook an invisible but constant necessity, inflicted by discrimination on the minority person, to assess any situation or person to determine which reaction is less damaging in an insulting situation or before an insult occurs. Accordingly, responding to discrimination relies on learning from previous experiences and particularities of challenging encounters which are actively shaped by wider discriminatory and exclusionary discourses and practices in a given society.
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