Social Assistance and Self-Organised Interest Groups: The Counselling Centre for Foreign Workers and Italian Educational Institutions in Basel-City (1960s–1980s)

Author(s) : Flavia Grossmann, Barbara Lüthi

Source : https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94247-6_11

Abstract:

« The article aims to highlight migrant agency through the analysis of specific contexts of power. The research on the counselling centre for migrants in Basel shows that the migrants made active use of the various services offered, but some also refused to take part in courses or challenged the views of the counsellors. A further example of their scope of action was to establish their own organisations. This aspect is discussed here based on the topic of education—a main concern of the migrants and the counselling centre. The counselling centre needed to position itself between the ‘overforeignisation’ movement, the everyday xenophobia and its will to help migrants. By doing so, it reproduced up to some point the ideal type of a ‘foreigner’ who should be thankful and happy to do any work. »

 

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