Dr. Naika Foroutan

Migration Matters

Who do hybrid identities make people uncomfortable?

One of our survey speakers in an earlier video from this chapter said that, to live in Germany, you must decide if you want to be German or ‘something else’. But what if you’re not tied to one set of borders, have dual citizenship, or claim more than one home? And why is this sometimes difficult for others to accept? In this episode, Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan presents sociological concepts that frame these divisions around multifaceted identities and the unease surrounding them.

Why Do Hybrid Identities Make People Uncomfortable?

  • Crossing borders and frontiers, both literal and symbolic
  • Causes of aggression
  • The ‘Other’
  • Pluralized societies
  • Different identities demand representation and contest privileges