International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

New comers, confidence and social fragmentation in communities with strong cultural differentiation in Sicily

Lorenzo Ferrante
Department for the Study of Politics, Law and Society “G.Mosca” - piazza Bologni, 8- 90134 Palermo Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 April 2011
  •  Published: 30 June 2011



This article is a community study carried out in a microcosm of Sicily using different strategies to defend collective identity and territory from the waves of new immigrants. It is a critical analysis of the changing of representations of immigrants, and the problems that multiculturalism poses with regard to issues of identity and confidence.


Key words: Confidence, immigration, rights, citizenship, social distance.