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MA in Cultural Anthropology
Business and Management
Oxford Brookes Business School
Second and third generation ethnic entrepreneurs form an understudied group. Focusing on the case of Turkish entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, my projects explores to what extent ethnicity is still a factor for these younger generations. The project is based on six months of ethnographic fieldwork consisting of semi-structured interviews and structured observations. My thesis explores how ethnicity is largely absent from most management practices but still relevant in some areas, particularly employee recruitment. The project also discusses how the ethnicity is not a static presence for the businesses in question. Rather, its impact on business practice varies throughout time. In part this is due to political circumstances, my project will delve into this factor and show how we need to consider the political climate more when discussing (ethnic) entrepreneurship.
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (February-March 2012).
This research project focused on the treatment of non-EU travellers and asylum seekers. During the fieldwork period I conducted questionnaires and short interviews at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Afterwards, I processed surveys and transcribed longer interviews.
De Doetank (October 2011-February 2012).
This project was carried out by a small NGO in Amsterdam which specializes in qualitative, holistic research. The NGO was hired by a housing corporation to provide insights in the perspectives of inhabitants so that interaction could be improved. With two co-workers, I carried out a research project in a relatively poor neighbourhood in Amsterdam. Among others things, I held and coded semi-structured interviews with different actors in the area. My colleagues and I organised different social events and meetings with inhabitants. In our final report I wrote a chapter that showed how several institutes wrongly reduced problems in the neighbourhood to cultural difference.
Master in Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam (September 2009-August 2010)
My MA research project focused on the tension between glorious nationalist images and everyday frustrations as experienced by Egyptian youths. My fieldwork period lasted four months, within this period I conducted semi structured interviews. In my thesis, I showed how my research population have deep critiques of both their government and the behaviour of citizens. Still, they express a deep love for their nation and wish for it to move forward. They distinguish between concrete problems the nation faces at several levels and how things ideally should be. They see themselves as actors who provide evidence that progress can be made and this ideal state could (theoretically) be established.
The politics of belonging.