This week one of the fantabulous Mama Kat writing prompts is:
What are you reading?
Since I am currently drifting around in ABD (all but dissertation) land, which to you non-academic types means that I'm JUST writing my book, my reading is completely confined to geeky academic stuff. See picture below:
The first book is Immigration Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany, and I'm pretty sure the title explains the content well enough.
The second book is Beauftragte der Bundesregierung fuer Migration, Fluechtlinge, und Integration: Ein Handbuch fuer Deutschland. A friend gave this to me years ago, and it is essentially a manual for settling into life in Germany for migrants, refugees, and people who are having trouble "integrating," which is a really fun way to say non-Germans. Each page is half in German and half in English, French, Spanish, Russian, or Turkish, and it is filled with helpful pictures of things like grocery carts and binders.
The third book Auf Zeit. Fuer Immer is a collection of firsthand stories of Turkish immigrants to Germany. I like it, and it helps me keep a little bit of context about the parents of the girls in my study too.
The last book is Geschichte der Deutschen Migration (History of German Migration). This is an historical perspective on Germany in and out migration from the middle ages to now. I need to get into this more for a more thorough perspective, but the writing is pretty dry.
Finally, I have this little pile of articles all about subjective well-being that need to be read and put into an annotated bibliography. Each one of those pink papers is actually a divider between the articles, so I guess the pile isn't really that little.
I'm doing most of this reading during my breaks from transcribing my interviews that I conducted for the dissertation research. I HATE transcribing, so I actually welcome the breaks to read this stuff and then get back to it. This is the life of an ABD.
Step by step, I'll get there.