This article examines changing discourses of exclusion/inclusion between writers of a non-German background and those whose families have traditionally lived in Germany. Referring to the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, it critiques discourses of difference used in recent decades to describe “migrant” writers in Germany and evaluates some reactions to their writings by the German reading public. With reference to the concept of print-capitalism, the article explores the “new semantic vistas” opened up by migrant writers and the implications of their writing styles for both linguistic and national boundaries. Drawing on original ethnographic interviews with migrant authors, it queries the relevance of binary logic at the beginning of the twenty-first century and argues for greater recognition of the contribution of these writers to the literary landscape in Germany and beyond.
“Migrant” Writing and the Re-Imagined Community: Discourses of Inclusion/Exclusion
Máiréad Nic Craith
Inclusion without recognition
The socialist Left and immigrants in 1970s Italy
Diverting from the prevailing trend that considers Italy in terms of international migrations, this article examines one aspect of its internal mass migrations, namely, how the mainstream Left of the 1960s and 1970s constructed southern immigrants in northern cities, taking the 'red city' of Bologna as a privileged context for analysis. The article argues that this construction—despite a number of significant limitations—was on the whole inclusionary, as it incorporated the immigrants into the working class and into the socialist project of societal transformation. By analytically describing the framing of immigrants by the 'socialist' Left, this article also highlights the historically specific nature in which migrants are constructed, lays the basis for a future comparison with the contemporary 'postsocialist' construction of immigrants, and provides material for a more general anthropological reflection on the trajectories followed by discourses of inclusion/exclusion in recent decades.
Some Preliminary Considerations about Social Cohesion and Social Quality
Laurent J.G. van der Maesen
The recently published report by Wolfgang Beck exploring the role of social cohesion in European policies (Beck, 2001) is of interest for the European Foundation on Social Quality. Indeed, in the Foundation second book, ‘Social Quality: A Vision for Europe’, the analysis of social cohesion is seen as a priority in the strengthening of the theoretical basis of social quality (Beck et al., 2001). The editors of this last book emphasise the fact that defining the substance of social cohesion is a delicate matter. Because of its long scientific and political history the concept has been, up to now, connected with a wide range of other concepts with related connotations, such as inclusion, exclusion, integration, disintegration, and social dissolution. Contrary to many studies on social cohesion, the way they approach social cohesion as one of the four components of social quality is not restricted to the strength or weakness of primary social relationships (Lockwood, 1999). It is connected with processes of differentiation, which create a manifold of subsystems that cannot be directly linked as such with the logic of social structures such as families, households and associations. As a result the individual subject is forced to react in a multi-inclusive way. This is becoming now even more complex since, because of the explosive development of communication technologies, the pace and place of social relationships are changing. (Beck et al., 2001: 343) In this contribution we will present some elements of Beck’s report and we shall connect these with herewith-related parts of the Foundation’s second book.
to retain legal status, reunite with family members and pursue citizenship (p. 4). Tuckett uses extensive ethnographic and textual references to support her analysis of Italian law that perpetuates notions of inclusion/exclusion and il/legality. The
Public Health in Eastern Europe
Visible Modernization and Elusive Gender Transformation
“peasant medical culture” (245). The process of professional inclusion/exclusion was carried out through examinations and licenses, and gradually empirics were marginalized. Examining nineteenth-century Romania's state and nation building through the eyes
Problematising Boundaries and ‘Hierarchies of Knowledge’ within European Anthropologies
boundaries are inevitable. Their effects can be discussed of course, mitigated maybe, but yet are inevitable. In my view, no fruitful discussion can happen without accepting the inevitability and universality of inclusion/exclusion patterns in all spheres of
How Motion Shapes Thought in Cinema
The Embodied Film Style of Éric Rohmer
deprived of rhetorical techniques such as close-ups and exuberant camera movements, is significantly grounded in dynamic patterns of containment either elicited by mobile framing ( inclusion, exclusion ) or by fixed-frame movement ( entry, exit ). These
The Curious Case of Slovakia
Regime Preferences Thirty Years after the Velvet Revolution
Zuzana Reptova Novakova
( Plichtová and Šestaková 2019 ; cf. Bútorová and Gyárfášová 2010 ). Social Inclusion Identity is another contributing factor of cohesion, and it has an impact on some of the dynamics of social inclusion/exclusion, as it is shaped by the
Home Away from Home
Ethnography of an EU Erasmus+ Project
Terry Lamb and Danila Mayer
field of refugee support in European countries. Together they contributed to a substantial discourse concerning their experiences of engagement, inclusion/exclusion and the (im)possible demarcations between overlapping and multiple occupations and
Mobility and Infrastructure in the Russian Arctic
Das Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein?
distance (or intensity and frequency of interaction) between two points (or social positions) is shorter (or more frequent, or more intense) if both points are nodes in a network than if they do not belong to the same network. … The inclusion/exclusion in