Component 2

Mechanisms of acquisition of multicultural habitus


Component 2 deepens the understanding of how encounters between Polish migrants and diverse communities in Germany and England shape their atttitudes, perceptions and values around diversity, and how these are communicated 'back home'.

Using reconstructive methods, this Component examines how people become equipped with particular imaginaries of living together in a society, and values and norms of diversity rooted in their culture. It investigates then the disruptions and discontinuities present in the lives of migrants, and crises of meaning arising, when they encounter new social environments in countries of emigration. Through cultural encounters, migrants continually modify and adjust their schemes of reference. Migration offers opportunities to enter new fields and modify habitus through cultural encounters in everyday life.

There is evidence that migrants’ not only bring their norms, values and imaginaries to a new society with but they also transfer the newly acquired cultural knowledge and skills back to the communities of their origin. We do not know if the effects of circular migration and super-mobility are pertinent in Europe, and how migrants 'export' ideas and behaviours to sending communities. Component 2 explores how migrants communicate with their peers back home, and how shared understanding and imaginaries are achieved in the process of exchange between migrants and their peers.

This component makes use of individual in-depth interviews and focus groups, thereby using various supportive visual instruments to generate maximum of data.