From a ‘sort of Muslim’ to ‘proud to be Alevi’: The Alevi Religion and Identity Project combatting the negative identity among second-generation Alevis in the UK

Jenkins, C. and Cetin, U. 2018. From a ‘sort of Muslim’ to ‘proud to be Alevi’: The Alevi Religion and Identity Project combatting the negative identity among second-generation Alevis in the UK. National Identities . 20 (1), pp. 105-123.

TitleFrom a ‘sort of Muslim’ to ‘proud to be Alevi’: The Alevi Religion and Identity Project combatting the negative identity among second-generation Alevis in the UK
AuthorsJenkins, C. and Cetin, U.
Abstract

This article explains how the negative identity of second-generation Alevi- Kurds in the UK has been transmitted intergenerationally, linked to their history of persecuted exclusion in Turkey and to the transnational settlement of Alevi migrants in the UK, and how this sense of marginalization and invisibility in the receiving country can be addressed. Education is identified as a starting point for the underachievement and disaffection of Alevi pupils, which can lead them into more serious trouble and descent into the rainbow underclass. In the quest to tackle this identity issue, a unique collaborative action research project was set up between an Alevi community centre, local schools and a university to develop the world’s first Alevi lessons as part of the compulsory Religious Education curriculum in British schools. The Alevi Religion and Identity Project is described and evaluated in terms of its outcomes, especially its contribution towards a more positive Alevi identity as a reflection of a vibrant community.

KeywordsAlevi identity, religious education, curriculum intervention, anti-discriminatory action research, transgenerational trauma, transnational education policy
JournalNational Identities
Journal citation20 (1), pp. 105-123
ISSN1460-8944
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptJenkins Cetin final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14608944.2016.1244933
Publication dates
Published online12 Jan 2017
Published12 Jan 2017
Published in print2018

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