Integration of migrants in Western Europe: bridging social psychology and political science

Scuzzarello, Sarah (2011) Integration of migrants in Western Europe: bridging social psychology and political science. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 22 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1052-9284

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Abstract

This article presents the possibilities and advantages of integrating social psychology and political science in the study of intergroup relations in diverse societies in Western Europe. Social psychology provides interesting insights in understanding the emotional and cognitive consequences of increased diversity. However, this literature tends to overlook the role of institutional discourses and correlated practices in stimulating or constraining positive intergroup relations. In order to fill these lacunae, the article suggests the integration of social psychology and a ‘political opportunity structure’ approach. This article maintains that the political opportunity structures operating in a context are not only important for understanding actors' mobilisation, as usually maintained in the literature, but also for studying the extent to which change at the micro-level of social interaction can be stimulated or constrained. We illustrate the arguments of the article with an analysis of the narrative constructions and the correlated practices of integration as adopted by the city councils of Malmö and Bologna

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science
Depositing User: Sarah Scuzzarello
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 09:53
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 09:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66849
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