Multiculturalism and theories of recognition (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Paola Di Nicola
Paola Di Nicola
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The laboratory aims to critically analyze the ego-alter dialectic, hosting and foreign countries in multicultural societies. The struggles for recognition gather all the struggles for the claim of equal rights and dignity carried out by social groups that experience conditions of discrimination, inequality and disadvantage. These struggles have experienced an increase and an intensification for the claim of cultural identities, in societies characterized by the coexistence of groups coexisting in the same national territory and which are distinguished by cultural traditions different from those of the host country.
The possibility of implementing reception and integration policies also depends on the cultural climate that is created in the host country as a response to the presence of foreigners on its territory.


In order to critically analyze the ego-alter, host country and foreign, the different defense mechanisms that the host country is implementing will be analyzed. The following topics will therefore be addressed:
- individual identity and national identity
- racism and xenophobia
- security and insecurity
- stereotypes and stigma
- redistribution, recognition.
During the lessons, after a brief introduction to the topics listed above, we will identify the social indicators considered most salient to grasp the ego-alter dynamics, and we will conduct an empirical research, with the aim of highlighting the social dimensions that favor or oppose the cohabitation between social groups with different cultural traditions.

The laboratory is open to a maximum of 30 students.
Frequency is compulsory.

Teaching methods: Lectures (maximum 10) and 26 hours of group work in the classroom.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Francesco Remotti Contro l'identità Laterza 2001
Francesco Remotti L'ossessione identitaria Laterza 2017
Georg Simmel Sociologia. Excursus sullo straniero (1908)I ed. Comunità 1989

Assessment methods and criteria

Evaluation methods in itinere (within the laboratory hours):
Discussion and critical analysis of the most relevant results of empirical research.
The vote will be individual

Book list
- Francesco Recalcati, Contro l'identità, Laterza, 2001
- Francesco Recalcati, L'ossessione identitaria, Laterza, 2017
- G. Simmel, Excursus sullo straniero, in Id. Sociologia, Comunità, 1989 (Ed. originale 1908)
- Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea e IPSOS, Stereotipi e pregiudizi degli italiani: dagli immigrati agli ebrei, 2017 (PDF)