A STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION FROM OCAK TO CEMHOUSE: THE CASE OF THE ENGLAND ALEWI CULTURAL CENTRE AND CEMHOUSE


Sahin I.

TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI, ss.39-58, 2012 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Dergi Adı: TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.39-58

Özet

This article aims to explore the transformation of traditional social structure, which has been established by Alewism as a social relationship on the basis of ocak system and charismatic religious leader called dede, in the new cultural field and multifaceted interactions between mentioned structural transformation and cultural belief system as well as identity in the case of the England Alevi Cultural Center and Cemevi (EACC). Participant observations and in-depth interviews were employed during the fieldwork done between May-December 2011. The transformation lived in the structural context of Cemevi, has been analyzed according to interpretative approach by taking into consideration the theoretical frameworks of Clifford Geertz and Victor Turner which have focused on social structure and cultural meaning system. This research showed that structural transformation has reflected to the cultural meaning system as a construction of ideological identity and it has reflected to the social structure as functional disappearances and reproduction of functional equivalents of them; moreover, it showed that Cemevi has became a structural homology of orthodoxy.