Raúl Nicola Šotola Jaroslav

Abstract

This article provides the results on research into the attitudes of
Czech seniors towards foreigners of non-European origin. It is based on an
interpretation of ten semi-structured interviews of a biographical nature,
focused on the participants’ encounters with otherness. Regardless of the
political regime and the period of time, the main feature of this contact is
distance and separation from foreigners. From the point of view of seniors,
migration is an unnatural and only temporary phenomenon that has to be
controlled and restricted by the state. Negative attitudes towards foreigners
in the narrations are concealed by seemingly neutral statements that are
subject to an effort of not providing any reason for being labelled as a “racist”.
Nevertheless, it is still possible to uncover the idea of self-evident power
superiority over categories of people understood as racially different. Although
the seniors expressed various levels of sympathy, indifference, or antipathy
towards the individual non-European groups, we believe that these differences
are not a manifestation of selective acceptance, but rather a manifestation
of imagined racial hierarchy in which groups perceived as submissive are
preferred.

Keywords

racial hierarchy; attitudes towards migrants; colour-blind approach; power asymmetry; Czech Republic

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Vydání: 20, 2018, 2