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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Solidarities, the Need to Belong and Social Disruption [Commission on Urban Anthropology (CUA)]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 31 Aug 10:00 - 14:00


Room 2.103

Academia and liberal politicians failed to recognise the importance of existing social ethno-national and religious solidarities and they underestimated reactions to immigrant groups lacking their identities. This reflects a neo-liberal, post-structural failure to grasp mans’ social nature and real need to belong to identifiable social groups with shared features, creating a sense of continuity whereby individuals can negotiate a meaningful life. This poses a critique of neo-liberalism and market economics with their self-referential assumptions of autonomous, atomised individuals, uprooted from the social. We need to relocate man as a social being, understanding the ontological role that culture plays in society, located today in the nation-state. Hence, the rise of right-wing, anti-immigrant, anti-EU, anti-globalisation sentiments is borne from a failure to address the non-economic realities of being. The contemporary left, which used to appreciate these problems has almost disappeared and liberals are too radically individualistic to cope with social realities, which leaves right-wing xenophobes free to exploit nationalist anxieties. This should be classic territory for social scientists, except that post-modern/critical theory equally rejects the importance of socio-cultural cohesion, unlike the founders of social science. Submissions are welcomed from scientists working on urban, contested settings able to help understanding the resentment of natives opposed to immigrants and perceived intruders and able to move away from the rhetoric of irrationality. Bigotry often lies in rational concerns and politicians fail when they cannot grasp that politically correct ‘liberal’ stances leave the field open for xenophobes to exploit, this is often magnified in urban loci.


  • P 89.1
    • Dr. Mollica, Marcello (University of Messina)
    • Dr. Dingley, James (Queens' University Belfast)
  • P 89.2
    • Dr. Mollica, Marcello (University of Messina)
    • Dr. Dingley, James (Queens' University Belfast)

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The rise of right-wing anti-immigration discourses attempting to imagine common features that would mark immigrants as outsiders has gained awareness among academicians, liberal politicians and others alike. Yet, these discourses affect also migrant communities; The “need to belong” and to be identified as a member of a host country often connects to fears of exclusion and marginalisation. The ... More
Presented by Dr. Sabine BAUER-AMIN on 31/8/2019 at 10:40
Nowadays, TV and social media deeply affect our behaviours and acting out; they seem to guarantee unlimited public room to any kind of idea or debate and, by registering and diffusing every single change in our “objective” reality, they end up by influencing our “subjective” one. These just could be enough to consider how mass media are daily involved in producing and re-producing so ... More
Presented by Monica DE CESARE on 31/8/2019 at 12:35
In 2010, Luigi Padovese, an Italian academic, Anatolian Apostolic Vicar, was beheaded in Iskenderun, Turkey. The killer is his Turkish Sunni driver. Several authorities and embassies’ representative pay homage to the body and participate in the funeral. His death is part of a series of targeted religious murders. This article focuses on two aspects of that death: motivations and a reading of the ... More
Presented by Dr. Marcello MOLLICA on 31/8/2019 at 11:00
This paper aims to study the influx of Syrian Christian refugees arriving in different Italian urban settings since 2011 following the ongoing Syrian conflict. Starting with an analysis of the motivations that brought them to escape their country of origin, the paper aims to chart their integration processes into Italian different local social and political contexts and their relations with local ... More
Presented by Dr. Benedetta PANCHETTI on 31/8/2019 at 12:15
The aim of this paper is to explore some of the theoretical issues behind the problems of immigration and cultural integration that currently help impel contemporary political populism (which may also be equated with nationalism). Partly these lie in the realm of economic interest but more deeply in the realm of ontological security and what may be termed ‘mind structuration’ which has its roo ... More
Presented by Dr. James DINGLEY on 31/8/2019 at 10:20
War as one of the instruments of the political system, plays a functional role in producing and maintaining the legitimacy of construction of a society. The discursive field of war which is shaped by historical and mythological narratives in social memory is one of the dynamic dimensions of this process. “War as reality,” experienced by society in the historical process and “war as design” ... More
Presented by Elif KANCA on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
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