Dossier in the DJI Bulletin – Special English edition 2003
Acts of violence against foreigners, murders of homeless people and attacks on synagogues committed during the past decade have rekindled the debate on xenophobia and right-wing extremism in united Germany. Politicians, journalists, educators, social workers and social scientists analyse the causes and propagate measures for prevention and control. However, their perspectives are narrowed down to two main trains of thought:
1) The discussion primarily deals with the final elements in the cause-and-effect chain. The search for the roots of xenophobia and violence focuses on present social conditions. The proposed measures are also targeted at those final elements in the causal chain: more police power, harsher criminal law, and bans on political parties – in short: repression.
2) If prevention is considered, the approaches also tend to be one-sided. Society hopes to reduce xenophobic violence by improving socio-economic conditions and expanding infrastructural offers for young people, as well as by providing political and historical education.
Klaus Wahl, Christiane Tramitz
A New Perspective in Social Research. Xenophobia: The Deep Roots of Extreme Emotions
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