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Child of Many Worlds: Focus on the Problem of Ethnic Minorities

Edited By Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka

The sense of isolation and even rejection is well known to people from minority groups, including ethnic minorities. When it comes to children from ethnic minorities, the quick identification of the problem by teachers is of great importance. Anyway the problem must be realised not only by the educators and parents of the children of the minority, but also by the parents representing the cultural majority. The presented approach to the problem of ethnic minorities is not only oriented towards the social exclusion of the ethnic minorities, but tries to create a comprehensive strategy for dealing with «new faces of exclusion». The authors describe ethnic minorities in the countries of the Visegrád Group and try to define their cultural and national identity from the perspective of intercultural psychology.
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The Problem of Minorities as a Subject of Intercultural Psychology


Intercultural psychology is a science that was established in the end of the 60s of the last century based on the needs of the current world, a world characterized by globalization and the accompanying migrations of populations with the resulting mutual blending of cultures, ethnicities, nations and national minorities. All of this has a large impact on the behavior and life experience of individuals, as well as on large groups of people and their adopted behavioral patterns.

Intercultural psychology compares the specific influence of various cultures on the behavior and life experience of humans – the influence of globalization. It helps us understand the global nature of the world and to treat it with respect and a sense that the actions of each and every individual determine how it will develop further; it helps us understand the principle of interdependence. (More thoughts on the global nature of the world can be found in the work of Pike and Selby [1997]).

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