Synopses & Reviews
This book examines contemporary attitudes towards ethnic minorities in Germany. These minorities include some of immigrant origin, such as Italians, Turks, and asylum seekers, and the principal non-immigrant minority, Jews. While the findings demonstrate that intense prejudice against minorities is not widespread among Germans, many of whom in fact can be considered immigrant- and minority-friendly, a crystallization of attitudes is also evident: that is, attitudes towards immigrants are strongly correlated with anti-Semitism and with other worldview dimensions, such as positioning in the left-right political spectrum. In this sense, the fundamental question of whether immigrants and other minorities should be regarded as fellow citizens or ethnic outsiders remains relevant in the German context.
"Alba, Schmidt and Wasmer have assembled an impressive group of
well-informed authors whose contributions provide much-needed insight
and clarification about the situation in which ethnic minorities find
themselves in post-reunification Germany. Combining statistical evidence
with in-depth qualitative analysis, this volume is an excellent example
of how scholarship can be relevant and readable at the same time. This
book is essential reading for academics and students interested in
contemporary Germany and its minorities."
-- Stefan Wolff, University of Bath
In this carefully researched and balanced analysis, Richard Alba and his German colleagues present powerful evidence concerning so many of the key issues in the debate about Germany's current attitudes towards diversity. Various chapters provide insight and analysis of
ethnocentrism, civil rights, anti-semitism, authoritarianism, the Far Right, and the legacy of regional divisions. This is a fascinating and authoritative study for anyone wishing to understand the complexity of contemporary Germany and the ethnic dynamics of the new Europe. -- John Stone, Boston University
Focussing on immigration demographics and the social and psychological determinants of mass-level German xenophobia, this edited volume gives English-speaking readers unparalleled access to the work of Germany's top scholars of ethnic attitudes. Especially path-breaking are the authors' application of "symbolic racism" theory in the German context and their findings that current German anti-Semitism is linked to anti-Muslim sentiment and that Germany's proportion of immigrants is higher than even the United States'. This book is mandatory reading for all students of contemporary German public opinion, immigration politics, and ethnic relations.
--Joel S. Fetzer
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University, and author, Public Attitudes toward Immigration in the United States, France, and Germany
Is Germany still the "ethnic nation" par excellence? This book, drawing on some of the most extensive attitudinal data about immigrant and ethnic minorities ever collected there, reveals a far more complicated picture, which simultaneously confounds and confirms this long-standing characterization.
About the Author
is Professor of Sociology at SUNY Albany. He has also served as Vice-President of the American Sociology Association.
Peter Schmidt is Professor in the Institute for Political Science, University of Giessen.
Martina Wasmer works at ZUMA (The Center for Survey Research and Methodology), Mannheim.
Table of Contents
Introduction--Richard Alba * The Ethnic and Demographic Structure of Foreigners and Immigrants in Germany--Rainer Munz & Ralf Ulrich * On the Economic and Social Situations of Immigrants Living in Germany--Stefan Bender & Wolfgang Seifert * Ethnocentrism in Germany: Worldview Connections and Social Contexts--Michael Terwey * The Others and We: Relationships between Germans and Non-Germans from the Point of View of Foreigners Living in Germany--Steffen Kuhnel & Jurgen Leibold * Measuring Contemporary Prejudice Towards Immigrants in Germany--Richard Alba & Michelle Johnson * Anti-Semitism in the Late 1990's--Werner Bergmann & Rainer Erb * Foreigners as Second Class Citizens?: Attitudes Toward Equal Civil Rights for Non-Germans--Martina Wasmer & Achim Koch * Authoritarianism and Ethnocentrism in East and West Germany: Does the System Matter?--Peter Schmidt & Aribert Heyder * Ethnocentrism and Support for Extreme-Right Parties, 1980-1996--Ulrich Rosar * Social Distance and Physical Proximity: Day-to-Day Attitudes and Experience of Foreigners and Germans Living in the Same Residential Areas--Ferdinand Boltken * Regional Influences on Attitudes Towards Foreigners--Jurgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik