G.Giovannini (a cura di), Allievi in classe, stranieri in città, FrancoAngeli, Milano 1998 (II)

This book analyses the social representations of immigrant children by primary school teachers, both as pupils in their classrooms and new citizens in twelve Italian cities. The teachers describe themselves as generally supporting the newcomers in their classes, with some ambivalence and a balance between different relational perspectives towards immigrants children. The great majority thinks that diversity could be a resource for all pupils in the primary school, connecting multicultura education with the trends of the global society, but out of school the presence of migrants is largely seen as a problem or a risk from the economic, social or political point of view. Certainly, the 1894 teachers interviewed are free from strong social prejudices, but they are still involved in some prejudices, stereotyped images, attitudes of social distance.