9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN07 Sociology of Culture

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Images of Self, Strangers and Enemies Building II, C4.07

The Self-Presentation of Amateur Football Players of Turkish Origin in Berlin and the Reconstruction of their "Other" Typifications

The proposed paper is one part of a qualitative PhD research project conducted in Berlin, which offers a phenomenological analysis of everyday life of amateur football players of Turkish origin. Although much qualitative research has been done concerning the social aspects of migration in Germany, very few of them investigate the everyday life-world - allt├Ągliche Lebenswelt of Turkish immigrants.
Intending to study the third generation of this population, group discussion was used as the method for data collection in order to encourage the participants to tell more and to openly discuss their everyday football life with each other. This paper includes a hermeneutic interpretation of selected group discussions. The main concern is to reconstruct common perceptions, values and priorities of the participants, by emphasizing on inner group relations, the roles of the group members and the subjectively constructed system of typifications established by them.
Other points of interest are the collective interpretation of cultural differences between German players and players of Turkish origin, an interpretation of the players' self-presentation, as well as their collectively constructed typifications. The paper that I wish to present at your conference concerns the reconstruction of the "other" that is subjectively typified by the amateur football players of Turkish origin. The concept of the "others" in the studied football context is represented as opponent players of different origins and who, according to the collected empirical data, can be grouped as East-German Players, West-German Players and the players of Turkish origin playing in other Turkish football clubs. The aim of this paper is to interpret the common typification of the "other" represented in these three subgroups.