Batman Universitesi Yasam Bilimleri Dergisi
Cilt 1, Sayı 1  Ocak-Haziran 2012  (ISSN: 2147-4877, E-ISSN: 2459-0614)
Emrah Işık, Selen Tekalp

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1356259477 Those In-Between: (I)dentity Crisis in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

As a consequence of the immigration waves, especially gaining acceleration
after the World War II, from previously colonized societies that gained independence
as a result of the power loss in United Kingdom, the empire on which the sun never
sets; England, particularly London, had turned into a multicultural structure. In this
sense, aforesaid structure that had been brought into existence by groups of different
races, religions and colours having set foot on a new cultural environment, also led
to such problematical concepts as integration, identity crisis and hybridity to come
out. In this study, the main focus is the literary work, White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
whom we can identify as hybrid in both biological and cultural terms. Some concepts,
hybridity, have been used as baseline and during the process of hybridization of
characters in the aforesaid literary work which comes out as a natural consequence
of the integration, the character’s oppressions, in-betweenness and crises undergone
as a result of the dilemma between the necessitated values, discriminating attitudes
of environment in which they dwell on and the values generating their own inherent
identities are emphasized.