9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Strategies Against Racism Building II, C5.09

From conceptualizations (and measures) of racism to strategies of socio-political action for combating its old and new forms, in nowadays Spain

In the interval of a generation (last 25 years approximately) Spanish society has become an immigration country, a new collective experience that merges with a past (known directly or indirectly) of emigration to the Americas and Europe. This migration transition has occurred parallel to other transitional and contextual processes, of a socioeconomic, political and cultural nature (modernization, democratization, secularization). In this social context, we have approached the explanation and understanding of forms of racism, xenophobia and their complementary opposites (tolerance, xenophilia).
Our paper is intended as an opportunity to share ideas, research experiences and findings related to a line of study on public opinion and migration focused on the various faces of racism and xenophobia. At present we have finished a project (SEJ2005-00568/SOCI) that aimed at improving the conceptualization and measurement of xenophobia by the combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods. We obtained biographical and discourse materials gathered around the migration experience of both autochthonous and foreign people that have been analyzed. At present, we are collaborating in a new project (JLS/2007/FRC-1/36) LIVING TOGETHER: European Citizenship against Racism and Xenophobia, in which the aim is not only to analyze discriminatory discourses, but also to combat them identifying best practices and discourses of tolerance.