Migration, Education, Resilience – a Biographical Study on ‘Educationally Successful' Persons in Germany Who Have a Turkish Migration History
Against this background the focus of my current research project is on the resources in formal and informal learning, which “educationally successful” students of Turkish descent, who are living in Germany, have at their disposal. I have collected (a) autobiographical narrative interviews with women and men who completed at least the main part of their school, vocational or academic training in Germany, and (b) narrative interviews with professionals and family members who appear as significant biographical supporters of the persons with whom autobiographical interviews had been conducted. The data analysis is based on procedures developed by Schütze (2008).
In my paper I would like to discuss some results of my research from a transnational and an intersectional perspective. In particular, I would like to discuss the relationship between interviewees’ self-identification, e.g. as “bicultural”, and their (formal) “educational success” and to focus on social processes of support and mentoring by significant others and how they have evolved over time. (The interviews are also instructive with regard to historical changes in the last decades.)