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Journal
2011 | 21 | 2 | 196-212
Article title

Social identities, societal change and mental borders

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Abstracts
EN
In this paper we investigate the relations between cross-border mobility, national categorization and intergroup relations in a changing Europe. It focuses on young adults (N=34) commuting on a regular basis between the city of Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia) and the city of Vienna (the capital of Austria). Our study draws on the social identity perspective, however, we consider social identity as a discourse of (not) belonging, similarity and difference, which is continually (re)negotiated within a given social context. Semi-structured qualitative interviews, focus groups and drawings of the border area were used as research instruments. We have identified different types of experience in various subgroups of participants framed by (1) age at the time of arrival in Austria; (2) different mobility motivations and goals; (3) interaction setting; (4) the political and economic situation in Slovakia at the time of arrival to Austria linked to perceived status differences. On the individual level, the motivation to integrate or its lack seems to be a crucial element in the ingroup construction and perception of intergroup relations.
Publisher
Journal
Year
Volume
21
Issue
2
Pages
196-212
Physical description
Dates
published
2011-06-01
online
2011-06-16
Contributors
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences
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Publication order reference
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bwmeta1.element.doi-10_2478_s13374-011-0020-x
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