Peace, new constructions of identity and cosmopolitan intercultural learning processes in the global society-young people's values in the baltic area: Czech Republic Poland and Sweden

Year: 2012

Author: Goldstein-Kyaga, Katrin, Borgstrom, Maria, Graviz, Ana

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


Relatively little attention has been paid to new cosmopolitan processes in the Baltic countries and in Eastern, Central Europe, but research in this area is conducted at Södertörn University. In many post communist societies old ethnic hostilities which have been suppressed have come up to the surface. At the same time new identities are constructed due to increased transnational contacts and cosmopolitan views.

In our paper we will present some preliminary results from a recently started research project. The aim of the project is to investigate if, and in that case, how new identity constructions, cosmopolitan, intercultural learning processes and ICT contribute to peaceful or hostile ethnic relations in the multicultural, global society from the point of departure of an investigation of young peoples' values in the Baltic region: The Czech Republic, Poland and Sweden.