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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Nationalism and Xenophobia

Dr Argyris Kyridis, Helen Tsakiridou, Ifigenia Vamvakidou, Andreas Andreou, Evaggelos Drossos.

The aim of this paper is to elucidate the perceptions of 12-years old primary school students concerning certain aspects that formulate the Greek culture and to reveal their attitudes towards the arrival and settlement of immigrants in Greece. Research reveals that Greek primary school students do not hold significant nationalistic or xenophobic attitudes. They are very proud of Greece, Greek language and culture, which in certain cases is particularly excessive. However, this can be expectable, since respondents have been exposed to national ideologies and stereotypes constructed mainly by school mechanisms. On the other hand, they consider respectable the culture and history of other nations and believe that the Greek State should help foreign emigrants to improve their income and generally their way of life nevertheless today in Greek society emigrants have been directly associated with criminality by the Media and they are considered widely as a constant danger to social prosperity.


Dr Argyris Kyridis  (Greece)
Associate Professor
Department of Preschool Education
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Argyris Kyridis has studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Athens. He has obtained his Ph.D in Political Sociology - Sociology of Education at the same University and an M.Sc. in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently a associate professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he teaches Sociology of Education, Research Methodology and Educational Policy. He is author of several books and articles in Greek and European scientific journals.

Helen Tsakiridou  (Greece)

Department of Primary Education
University of Western Macedonia

Helen Tsakiridou is currently a Lecturer of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Primary Education of the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. She holds a BSc and a PhD from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Her research interests include Educational Research in preschool, primary and higher education and she has published several papers in Greek and international scientific journals on these issues.

Ifigenia Vamvakidou  (Greece)
Pedagogic Faculty Department of Early Years
University of West Macedonia Greece

Lecturer, Modern History and cultural studies
Research interests: Modern History, social history, history and women, intercultural studies

Andreas Andreou  (Greece)
Assistant Professor
Department of Elementary Education at Florina
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Andreas Andreou has studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Byzantine Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and Classical Philology in Heidelberg. He has obtained his Ph. D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Mainz. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he teaches History and Culture. He has published several papers in scientific journals and books about History and teaching history in Greek.

Evaggelos Drossos  (Greece)

  • Nationalism
  • Xenophobia
  • Immigration
  • Student attitudes
  • Primary schools
  • National minorities
  • Greece

(Virtual Presentation, English)