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Rethinking 'Us' & 'Them': Integration and Diversity in Europe

Chapters 1 › Unit 1: Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'? View instructions Hide instructions

Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'?

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Tell us: Where do you fall on the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ spectrum?

In this chapter, you've seen many examples of how diversity is understood and contested in Germany and Canada. We imagine you may want to comment on what you've heard and maybe even share your personal experiences. The 'Us' & 'Them' course community would love to hear from you:

Here are some guiding questions to draw from:

  • How is diversity perceived in your country?
  • How are the communities you identify with (race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender...) represented in media and public life?
  • What examples can you mention or find that indicate your inclusion or exclusion from mainstream society?
  • What experiences have you had where others perceived you in a certain way based on how you look or where you come from? Were these correct or incorrect?
  • Does your country recognize itself as a country of immigration and in which ways? Do you see your country as a country of immigration?

Now what?
Click 'Start in Journal', and fill out the entry. How you do this is up to you: You can use just words, or add pictures or links to articles or videos to highlight your point!

Is this journal assignment required?
No! Nothing in our course is 'required', and there are no grades, but we encourage you to reflect on these topics and share if you feel comfortable, so that others in the course can benefit from your experiences.

A bit of Us and a bit of Them

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Hello - sorry I'm publishing this a week late, but I didn't want to miss doing it!
The "Us"/"Them" distinction is kind of interesting in my case. I was born and raised in Argentina, by Argentine parents - but like many, many people there, my great-grandparents were Italian and Spanish. Because of that, I had the right to Italian citizenship, which I got.
I've been living in Barcelona for a little over a year: I wasn't born there, and I'm still learning a lot of the "rules", but because I come from a Spanish-speaking country with such strong historical ties to Europe, and I look like what a lot of people here consider "European", I'm not often made to feel like a "them". So I think that, despite being clearly a recent immigrant, born on the other side of the world, I'm somewhere between "Us" and "them".

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