A Critical Cultural Sociological Exploration of Attitudes toward Migration in Czechia : What Lies Beneath the Fear of the Thirteenth Migrant
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|Would Czechia relocate more than 12 refugees from the 2,691 required by the European Union Relocation Scheme? This highly controversial question has been dividing Czech society and influencing the results of elections, especially since the mid-2010s migration “crisis.” What lies beneath the fears about the imaginary “thirteenth migrant”? There exists considerable research on attitudes toward migration in Western countries, but it relies primarily on quantitative evidence. In this book, we qualitatively explore how individuals make sense of migration in non-traditional destination countries, utilizing critical, cultural sociological methods to explore the deep meaning-making processes that inform migration attitudes. Studying attitudes and perceptions about people who cross borders is crucial; levels of international migration (both forced and voluntary) increase considerably each year and the issue has become highly politicized. In the Czech context, an additional analytical puzzle emerges. Levels of migration are rather low yet public opinion about it is quite unfavorable, especially when it comes to border crossers from Africa and the Middle East. The purpose of this book is to unpack how the Czech public draws symbolic boundaries between “us” and “them,” calling upon available cultural repertoires and often engaging in Othering and racialization.