By Hande Sözer

In coping with Invisibility, Hande Sözer examines complex invisibilities of Alevi Bulgarian Turks, a double-minority which faces structural discrimination in Bulgaria and Turkey. whereas the literature portrays minorities’ visibility as a demand for his or her empowerment or a resource in their surveillance, the publication argues that for such minorities what concerns is their keep an eye on over their very own visibility. To make this aspect, it makes a speciality of the concept that protecting dissimulation, a method of self-imposed invisibility. It discusses situations indicating Alevi Bulgarian Turks’ thoughts of facing traditionally altering majorities of their better societies and argues that dissimulation really reinforces the intergroup differences for the minority’s contributors. the knowledge for the ebook was once accumulated in the course of 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Bulgaria and Turkey.

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This seems to hint at Alevi’s dissimulation in secularized terms in Kardjali, as a known and powerful center of ethnic Turkish nationalism. A Complicated Situation of Rapport: “Interview as a Form of İbadet (Worshipping)” “Rapport” is generally understood as a desirable emotional connection, similar to friendship, between the researcher and participants (see Harrington 2003).  inquiry in mind” and the recommendation made that it should be abandoned (Marcus 2001). ’ Even so, for studying such communities, the notion of rapport provides almost the only empirical and ethical ground on which to conduct research.

In the second part, “Historiography,” I review the core literature on Bulgarian Turks that has originated from Bulgaria and Turkey and that has operated on conflicting presumptions and competing projections on Bulgarian Turks, while concurrently silencing the Alevi Bulgarian Turks. In the last part, “Historicity,” I focus on the historical consciousness of Alevi and Sunni Bulgarian Turks by analyzing family histories, memoirs and village histories. I argue that Sunni Bulgarian Turks actively refuse to associate Alevism Paradoxical Invisibility 21 with Bulgarian Turkish identity, even though they recognize the presence of Alevis in the community and that Alevi Bulgarian Turks do not explicitly mention Alevism and Alevis when they hint at Alevi identity to insiders.

I modified the version by Ljubo by using the names of the city centers in Razgrad in Latin alphabet and by adding the names of provinces surrounding Razgrad. and local Alevi groups, as well as their interactions with the majority populations surrounding them. Outline of the Chapters Research on a marginalized community which may utilize collective tactics such as dissimulation raises numerous potential methodological issues, concerns and problems. 0 Unported license. I modified the version by Ikonact by adding the names of the provinces in Latin alphabet and by adding the names of the surrounding provinces.

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