Quotation Greth, Julia and Köllen, Thomas. 2016. Perceived Anti-Germanism in Austria. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 16 (1): S. 40-62.




Germans working in Austria are confronted with several subliminal resentments. Research on nationalism, racism, and diversity has overlooked this topic up to now, as Germans, as well as other Northern American or Western European citizens, are very rarely analysed as marginalized groups. Furthermore, the situation of migrants from geographically, linguistically, and culturally close countries, has received scant attention and been deemed of little importance up to now. The anti-German sentiments in Austria are primarily based on the Austrian self-perception of being non-German as a constitutive element of ‘Austrian-ness’. Related to that, negative attributions ascribed to Germans simultaneously mean a positive attribution of ‘Being Austrian’. Based on a content analysis of ten narrative interviews, conducted with Germans working in Austria, it appears that they permanently experience being categorized as ‘the Germans’, which leads to several types of exclusion, demotion, and also discrimination in the workplace. Differences in hierarchy level and perceived competition seem to moderate this effect. It appears that workplace superiors of Germans tend also to put an emphasis on positive stereotypes related with Germans, whereas Austrian colleagues on the same hierarchy level tend to performatively construct and reproduce ‘Being German’ as a deficit that they associate with negative stereotypes.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Language English
Title Perceived Anti-Germanism in Austria
Volume 16
Number 1
Year 2016
Page from 40
Page to 62
Reviewed? Y
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sena.12165/abstract
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sena.12165


The job situation and working climate for Germans in Vienna and Zurich - A comparison of status quo, influencing factors, and consequences
Greth, Julia (Former researcher)
Köllen, Thomas (Former researcher)
Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5115 European integration (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
5952 Migration research, emigration -, (Details)
6532 Minorities research (Details)
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