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"Unplanned resistance: Underprivileged minorities in a post-modern European Union"

O’Brien, Peter (1997) "Unplanned resistance: Underprivileged minorities in a post-modern European Union". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    Post-modernity would seem to bode ill for immigrant communities in the European Union. Prominent theories of postmodern society, when analyzed in respect to the status of immigrants, pit several strikes against them. Taking as a given that the EU deserves the label "postmodern society," this essay discusses three such theories and draws out the implications of each for immigrants, particularly in Germany. The findings are anything but merry. If the theories prove true, immigrants should expect little or no improvement in their lot and, worse, deterioration. This said, I refuse to conclude the essay on a note of pure pessimism. Although I dismiss the likely success of planned, deliberate resistance to worsening conditions for immigrants, I point to unplanned spontaneous resistance which can be successful if not predictable.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > discrimination/minorities
    Countries > Germany
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 21
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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