RECOGNITION AND BELONGING IN THE “NEW” MINORITIES LANDSCAPE OF GERMANY

This study will investigate how the categorisation of groups as “minorities” contributes to a sense of belonging, from a political and social point of view. Do communities resulting from migration seek recognition as minorities under national and European instruments? How useful are such instruments to these groups? What are the differences between the way the term and category of “minority” is used between academia, policy, and wider society? Using Germany as a case study, the research will examine political discourse, media discourse and the self-identification of both “old” and “new” minorities to identify areas of tension and build an understanding of how minority recognition shapes the way diverse communities are included or excluded from national narratives and state structures.

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