“Amici e guardati”. Discriminazione percepita, conflitti culturali versus processi di inclusione e adattamento: una ricerca tra gli studenti stranieri dell’Università’ degli Studi di Palermo

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[automatically translated] The current tensions in the Italian society, squeezed between the "need for security" shaken for more than a political and social force and the comparison necessary with foreigners, expression of '' other 'and' diversity 'more immediately perceived, are the heart the cultural debate, political and social of the country. It must therefore redouble its efforts in the direction of understanding and managing the dynamics related to the meeting between cultures. Even in traditionally and presumably more "open" environments, such as the university student population, intercultural dialogue can lead to tensions and conflicts that are expressed in the sense of threat and in the perception of discrimination, which on one hand seem to be increasingly the figure of our social relations, and on the other they are likely to undermine the protective factors necessarily underlying every process of adaptation on the part of minority groups, as evidenced primarily by John Berry. In this context, our contribution focuses on discrimination perceived by foreigners, with particular reference to the training college. On the issue of perceived discrimination in academia they are recalled and discussed the results of a study we conducted, both with quantitative tools / criteria as quality. The research involved 80 students, 43 boys and 37 girls, from North Africa, Central and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe, South America and the Far East, involved in a complex process of focus groups, questionnaires and semi-structured interviews.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationDiscriminazione, esclusione e invisibilità sociale
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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