National identity and stereotypes of Poles and Germans among rural youth in Opole Silesia

Katarzyna Mazur



In Opole Silesia there live a combination of people describing themselves as Poles, Germans and Silesians. Young people there have to deal with that mix, being influenced by such forces as globalization. The purpose of this research was to discover how youth feel and understand their nationality and what stereotypes they share. The analysis consisted of several tasks. Students had to describe themselves by national and ethnic categories. They were asked how they felt about Germans and which stereotypes they found to be true or false. The paper includes analysis from earlier research on this topic.


Key words:

nationality, stereotype, identity, Silesia, Poles, Germans, social distance


DOI: 10.15503/jecs20111-122-135


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