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Lasticova, B. - Andrascikova, S - Kocisova, M (2015) Constructing otherness in imaginate contact (Konštruovanie inakostiv predstavovanom kontakte) survey conducted by Slovak Academy of Science: Bratislava

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Type of publication

Study - qualitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

SK010 - Bratislavský kraj

Type of Institution



Slovak Academy of Science

Main Thematic Focus

Integration & inclusion Public perceptions & attitudes

Target Population

General population Ethnic minorities Muslims

Key findings

The aim of this study was to analyse the discursive construction of imagined contact with different groups (Roma and Muslim). In the experimental conditions, the students of high school were asked to imagine interaction with a new Roma and Muslim schoolmate. Analysis focused on construction of otherness. The main finding is that Roma classmate was constructed in more negative terms than Muslim classmate. As it concerns Muslim classmate - most of the participants constructed him positively and were curious about his background. Typical construction of Muslim classmate was: darker skin, dark hair, sympathetic, dressed in "western style", good companion. Despite of the attempt to imagine positive aspects of his/her personality, in many cases the participants showed higher level of anxiety and distrust.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Qualitative method - experiment with two experimental groups and one control group. Participants got instructions from the researchers and also the reporting grid for writing down the observations and feelings. The experiment took place in familiar environment - school to achieve as accurate experimental conditions as possible.

Sample details and representativeness

65 students of high school in Bratislava - capital of Slovakia. 22 were part of experimental group for construction of contact with Roma, 23 for Muslim(experimental groups) and 20 for imagination of schoolmate from ethnic majority (control group)

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