9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Social (des)integration of the Young in Europe Building II, Auditório C1.03

European construction through culture, mobility and people circulation: the case of ERASMUS students in Coruña University

This paper addresses the concept of interculturality starting from a research made at Coruña University involving ERASMUS students coming from Portugal, Poland and Italy. Drawing on an analysis of ERASMUS students nationalities, motivations and discourses about "integration" in Spain, it is our intention to shed some light on the way "European construction" may not only be achieved by the process of interchanging people with its modes of living and patterns of thought, but also by implementing politics of equality which may foster knowledge circulation as well as the reshaping of interchange programs and politics of integration. The authors assume, however that this new forms of cultural relationship are only culturally and politically valid insofar as they are neither conflitual nor holist but pluralistic in the sense that may valorize the legitimacy of diversity even if confronting with space and times becoming ever more homogeneous. In sequence, it becomes extremely important to explore the purposes, the expectative as well as the actors involved in a mobility decision as well as their understandings about the gains and the loses implied in a mobility action within Europe. Considering the existing diferences and inequal levels of centrality of each european country, it is also relevant to consider the amount and the extension of these oportuny costs weither from an individual point view or each country interests and projects involving interchange of students.