Gianni D'Amato and
Rosita Fibbi

Discrimination as an Obstacle to Social Cohesion

Although the issue of discrimination has found its way into the Swiss integration policy lately, the research on this topic is still in its infancy in this country. Competing explanations may account for this situation: either the phenomenon of discrimination is negligible or the propensity to discriminate is rather stable over time and appears as legitimate among the Swiss population. In all cases, the issue is understudied and under-documented; the need for systematic inquiry is thus pressing.

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