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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.

integration in Germany - better late than never

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I come from Bavaria (Bayern), have been studying in Heidelberg, working in the Ruhrgebiet and in Niedersachsen, now in Berlin. For seven years we have lived and worked in Johannesburg/South Africa.
So: yes, I know what it means to be a foreigner, to move and adapt to new situations ...
In Germany we have started late to see the realities of an immigration society. But now we are on our way, many are positively engaged, some very reluctant. For me it is a joy to interact with people from many different backgrounds as I work with migrant churches and refugee projects. We still have to define what is our identity while we embrace diversity.

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Thanks Thomas, for your comments and perspective. How do you suggest we best reconcile the need to define our own identities as well as embrace diversity?

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