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Claiming The Land Empirical Observation On The Ground

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Although this chapter is mainly concerned with qualitative data, return statistics are also briefly discussed. Qualitative data from four village studies carried out in the province of Diyarbakir disclose a reality behind the bare numbers, and reveal that return takes very different forms. The main methods of qualitative research that were used to collect data in this study were case studies and field trips. The case studies provided details about return in a particular, clearly demarcated area (a settlement) by use of multiple sources of data (observation, open-ended interviews, secondary sources), while traveling allowed me to collect data in a larger territory. The re-structuring of social settlement in the village-to-city, rural-to-urban migration trend, which is so pronounced in Turkey, was given a sharp injection by the Turkish state village evacuation and destruction program employed in the war with the PKK.

Keywords: data collection; Diyarbakir province; qualitative data; return statistics; rural-to-urban migration; social settlement; Turkish state village evacuation; village-to-city migration



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