London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Identity Policy

Author(s) Berg, W:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
The main aim of my paper is to reiterate that indeed Europe contains many cultures and within every culture comes identity, identity struggles, and notions of belonging, cultural enclaves and how citizenship affects those who are trying to 'belong' to a new culture without losing their own identities. My paper will take a close look at Portugal and the way in which the different cultures live with each other and the way in which the second and third generations of 'mixed' couples compliment the society as a whole. Also, I will speak of the perception of citizenship in a Portuguese context and how this reflects on a country, which was once only seen as a country of emigration and not one of immigration. My paper will also address the need for more human rights awareness and education in Portuguese schools, starting at a young age with the introduction of non-Catholic religious celebrations and special days, Chinese New Year, Eid festival and so forth. I intend to highlight the importance of appreciating and accepting other religions, cultural values, beliefs and ways through the filtration of lessons, talks, etc at schools and colleges in Portugal. I will examine the relationship between young Portuguese children who have been recently introduced to a new culture: Eastern European, underlining the necessity of implementing courses in 'human rights' at a university level, which should include disciplines such as courses in other cultures, human rights law and migration studies.

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