THE IMAGE OF A GERMAN IN THE MINDS OF THE CONTEMPORARY RESIDENTS OF GDANSK (Obraz Niemca w swiadomosci gdanszczan)
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The purpose of this article is to describe the image of a German dwelling in the minds of the contemporary residents of Gdansk, and to reveal some of its cultural, historical, psychological and social determinants. The data analysed and presented here comes from several surveys conducted by the author (2004-2007). The surveys indicate that the residents of Gdansk are going through the process of overcoming prejudice towards the Germans and changing the content of the German's image towards a more positive view. The process is driven by generation replacement and development of intercultural contacts. The surveys reveal that the positive image of a German correlates with younger age of the subject, higher education, and psychical wellbeing.
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