TAŞ ATAN ÇOCUKLAR: MERSİN’İN BANLİYÖLERİNDE ÖFKE PATLAMASI
THE STONE-THROWING CHILDREN: THE EXPLOSION OF ANGER IN MERSIN’S SUBURBS

Author : Nurdan AKINER
Number of pages : 1-15

Summary

This paper analyzes the causes of anger and violence among the children known as the ‘‘stone-throwing children’’ in Mersin province of Turkey. Actually, traumatic events related to the forced migration have touched the population here during the period between 1992 and 2005. Fieldwork conducted in the suburbs of Mersin (Şevket Sümer, Güneş, Gündoğdu, Siteler, Çay ve Çilek neighborhoods) with 250 children. The children throwing stones at the police are predominantly the children of these migrants. The results show that anger characterizes the children’s reaction to the state. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were adopted in this research. A question form was designed and used during the in-depth interviews with the children. The respondents were tape-recorded while they completed the standardized questionnaires and were encouraged to discuss their definitions of terms and responses to items in-depth. Furthermore analyses of results were derived from statistical chi-square test.

Keywords

Anger, Stone-Throwing Children, Migration, Mersin

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