Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Urban Space: the Turkish Neighborhood of Kreuzberg, Berlin

Uzeyir Gasimov

Kreuzberg and Religion

The paper developes a case study on the ethnic neighborhood of Kreuzberg, Berlin. This predominantly Turkish neighborhood, originally located in the very periphery of West Berlin along the Berling wall, is today in a very central location, and is particularly appreciated by students and by younger generations. The first section of the paper draws a picture on Turkish immigration in post-war Germany. The second, reconstructs the perception of turkish immigrants on media and in common people. The third draws a compact history of the neighborhood, from the construction of the Berlin Wall until today. The third focuses on the perception of Kreuzberg on media and in younger generations, highlighting the main features which are mostly appreciated by its external users. In the conclusive section we argue that in a time of increasing globalization and homegeneization Kreuzberg is a positive example of integration and diversity, integration without loss of identity.