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ERIC Number: EJ977479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
The Politics of Fear and Empathy: Emotional Ambivalence in "Host" Children and Youth Discourses about Migrants in Cyprus
Zembylas, Michalinos
Intercultural Education, v23 n3 p195-208 2012
This article looks at the emotion discourses among 30 Greek-Cypriot children and youth interviewees when they describe their feelings about migrants in Cyprus. It looks at how migrant representations and narratives are highly emotional constructions that children and youth utilize to make sense of their views about how migrants are different or similar to themselves. In particular, the article focuses on the simultaneous contradictory positions and feelings of fear and empathy. Two important implications for intercultural education are discussed. First, it is suggested that it is valuable to acknowledge that the emotion work required from "host" children and youth in their interactions with migrants should not be taken for granted. Second, rather than painting a "negative" or "positive" image of children and youth's responses to migrants--which categorizes children and youth in simplistic ways--it might be more productive to examine how their emotions are linked to ambivalent discourses and inform actions in negotiating the presence of the other and one's sense of belonging. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus