1st Edition

Children's Voices: Studies of interethnic conflict and violence in European schools

Edited By Mateja Sedmak, Zorana Medarić, Sarah Walker Copyright 2014
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    How are the processes of increasing ethnic and racial diversity reflected in European schools? How do children and educators experience and perceive interethnic relations in schools?

    This book examines the issues of interethnic coexistence, the management of ethnic diversity, xenophobic and racial attitudes and, in particular, the under-researched topic of interethnic violence among children in the school environment. Drawing together qualitative and quantitative data across five European countries it offers an insight into the views, personal experiences and responses of children from different ethnic backgrounds to interethnic violence in European schools.

    International contributors from England, Slovenia, Cyprus, Italy and Austria come together to provide a comparative study of experiences of interethnic conflict and violence in primary and secondary school classrooms. Each chapter focuses on positive measures that can combat discrimination, providing examples of good practice as well as considering the position of the school in promoting citizenship in an increasingly global world. By examining the experiences and perspectives of children, educators and experts, the book provides up-to-date research findings in the field and suggests key mechanisms for addressing interethnic violence in schools. With support, schools can play a key role in alleviating interethnic tensions and combatting ethnocentrism through the implementation of strong policies, acting as ‘protected spaces’.

    Children’s Voices: Studies of interethnic conflict and violence in European schools is of international relevance both within Europe, and beyond, and will appeal to researchers, teachers and policy makers concerned with race equality in the classroom.

    1. Introduction: Reflections on Interethnic Relations and (In)equality Mateja Sedmak, Zorana Medarić and Sarah Walker  2. The Rise of Racism Across Europe Edma Ajanovic and Birgit Sauer  3. The Management of Interethnic Relations in the European Context Mateja Sedmak and Zorana Medarić  4. Interethnic Violence in Schools across European Countries: The State of the Art Marios Vryonides  5. ‘Ethnicity is Not an Issue!’: Interethnic Relations and Peer Violence in Slovenian Schools Tjaša Žakelj and Ana Kralj  6. Interethnic Violence in Austrian Schools: An Intersectional Approach Birgit Sauer and Edma Ajanovic  7. Interethnic Violence in Italian Schools: A Marginal Phenomenon? Giovanni Delli Zotti, Giorgio Porcelli and Ornella Urpis  8. Wearing Your Own Culture: Perceptions of Islamophobia in England Sally Inman, Pip McCormack and Sarah Walker  9. Interethnic Violence in Cypriot Public Schools: A Dormant Problem with Explosive Potentials Marios Vryonides


    Mateja Sedmak is Associate Professor and Head of the Institute for Social Studies at the Science and Research Centre, University of Primorska, Slovenia.

    Zorana Medarić is a researcher at the Science and Research Centre, University of Primorska, Slovenia.

    Sarah Walker is a researcher and caseworker in the refugee sector in the UK, working on both academic and NGO based research projects.