AMBIGUOUS FOREIGN STUDENTS' IDENTITIES: NATIONAL IDENTITY “IN BETWEEN” IN A GREEK INTERCULTURAL SCHOOL

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

MENON ©online Journal Of Educational Research, 4th Issue, April 2017, University of Western Macedonia - Faculty of Education, Issue 4, Florina, Greece, p.17 (2017)

Keywords:

discourse analysis, immigrant groups, intercultural education, national identity, social semiotics, subjectivity

Abstract:

A central issue in the academic discussion related to immigrant groups and their integration in their “new home”, is national identity. This paper focuses on the construction of the foreign students’ identity, as shown in an ethnographic case study of the students’ subjectivity of the Intercultural School of Evosmos in Thessaloniki in Greece, and on how they form their own subjectivity. Most students as second generation immigrants constantly negotiate multiple identities. This negotiation leads to the construction of ambivalence and conflicting identities that are represented with uncertainty and equivocation in speech. In this paper, I will present briefly a conceptual placement in social constructionism and the distinction between primordial and modern nationalism and will continue focusing on how the ambiguous and conflicting identities of foreign students are shaped based on conception of national identity, the role of nostalgia and memory and finally on the polycemy of the construction of national identity of students.

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