The Challenge of Xenophobia

Xenophobia: Political Definition

The political dictionary on this website defines xenophobia as a fear of foreigners, though it usually manifests itself in the form of contempt or hatred. The definition goes on to point out that xenophobia is often felt by societies that feel threatened by a specific group of immigrants.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. “Xenophobia.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. (accessed June 12, 2008).


Racism, Xenophobia, and Human Rights

This article explores the effect that xenophobia has on human rights, as well as society as a whole. The article defines xenophobia and lists several ways that xenophobia manifests itself, including racism and inhuman policies. The article goes on to study the ethical perspectives of xenophobia, including how xenophobic policies can lead to further problems in society. Finally, the article lists ways to combat xenophobia, including education, integration, symbolic acts, and an end to stereotypes. The article concludes by saying that xenophobia is a problem that will have a significant presence for years, and fighting it must be a priority.

Vorster, J.M. “Racism, Xenophobia, and Human Rights.” The Ecumenical Review. (accessed June 17, 2008).


Two Philosophers Throw Journalism a Lifeline

McGill begins the article by wondering what the most important job of a journalist is. His answer was to simply talk to strangers. He goes on to explore the history of xenia, or the love of strangers. In ancient Greek times, this was considered to be one of the most important civic duties. McGill mentions a debate between two political philosophers on this issue. One of the philosophers argued that xenia was essential for accurate foreign policy, while the other philosopher disagreed saying that xenia may be helpful on a personal level, but is unrealistic nationally.

McGill, Douglas. “Two Philosophers Throw Journalism a Lifeline.” TC Daily Planet. (accessed June 18, 2008).