London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

When Students from Arles and Sparta meet: Social Representations and Identifications

Author(s) Aigli Zafeirakou  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 1999  
Editor Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper analyses how two groups of students from towns in different countries describe and analyse the town of the other group, and from this how they envisage their common urban tradition. The study is based on exchange visits of twelve year olds between Greece and France, during which they were asked to write and draw their perceptions of the urban and architectural features of the town that they were visiting. The hypothesis was that the way each group represented its own town would affect the way it tried to describe the other town. Four thematic dimensions are used to analyse the students' writing. Marked differences were found between the two groups: the Greek students idealised their own town, drawing strong links to their perceptions of their national identity: the French students presented many more local elements of identity.

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