Social Actions Against Ethnic and Cultural Conflicts in Diversified Communities

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 07 (Main Building)
RC31 Sociology of Migration (host committee)

Language: English

This session would like to examine social activities by citizens of host communities to solve social problems and cultural conflicts caused by international migrations. Today, the experiences of migrants are very diverse respecting their purposes, social stratification, family status, and the periods of stay. However, people in host communities often hold prejudiced views against foreigners equally, and the social system where diverse people participate is still insufficient. In addition, local inhabitants are also suffering from the global economy, and this can lead to harsh exclusivism and nationalism. 
To stand against these problems, citizens all over the world organize social actions at the community level or at the smaller personal relations’ level, like work places or schools. They could be supports for foreign citizens, and also actions against the nationalistic views of the host communities.
By comparing these activities in many regions and countries with different systems, this session will analyze the possibilities of a better understanding among diverse groups of people and avoiding violent conflicts.  
This session welcomes empirical works based on field research or social surveys. The aim of the session is to discuss the difficulties and the possibilities of social actions towards mutual understanding in a diversified society through examining various examples presented by participants.
Session Organizer:
Chie SAKAI, Kansai University, Japan
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Alba ANGELUCCI, DESP - University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy; Eduardo BARBERIS, DESP - University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy
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Santa Giuseppina TUMMINELLI, University of Palermo, Italy
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Susanne CHOI, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong