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Experiences of Racism and Discrimination among Male Immigrants in Poland

  • Marta Kolankiewicz
  • Marek Nowak
  • Michał Nowosielski
Publishing year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 273-294
Volume: 13
Document type: Book chapter
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Group

Abstract english

The chapter aims to contribute to an understanding of racism and ethnic discrimination as a tangible experience in the everyday life of immigrants in Poland. The empirical material used are survey questionnaires and in-depth interviews with immigrants from Africa and Asia. The results of this study undermine the reliability of official data, by demonstrating that a large portion of racist crimes committed in Poland go unreported. Moreover, the study shows some strategies of dealing with everyday racism and discrimination adopted by the immigrants and it illustrates the negative and far-reaching effects of racism.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • immigrants
  • racist violence
  • discrimination
  • Poland
  • sociology
  • sociologi


  • ISSN: 1619-005X
  • ISBN: 978-3-631-61756-4
E-mail: marta [dot] kolankiewicz [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

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Marta Kolankiewicz holds a PhD in sociology. Her main research focus is on different articulation of racism as well as on the role of law in struggles for justice.

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