Η ισοτιμία των ανθρώπων: Από τη ρητορεία στην πράξη
English title: Equal treatment of people: from rhetoric to reality
Author(s): Christina Varouxi -
Type: Book chapter
Looking at the European Social Survey results concerning human values, we see that the value of equal treatment of people all over the world, ranks highly within the Greek society. A clear majority (84.1%) of the Greek public believes that is important every person in the world to be treated equally and have equal opportunities in life. From the perspective of a human rights culture, such a strong consensus among the Greek citizens in favour of equal treatment of all people, should be linked not only to a formal but to a substantive equality of treatment in the enjoyment of rights and freedoms, without discrimination on any ground such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, the rise of such a value seems conducive to increasing tolerance of diversity and could be interpreted as implying that the public of the Greek society tends to be more tolerant towards “aliens” who live in the country. This assumption has not been confirmed by other Survey findings on public beliefs towards immigrants and refugees in Greece. Within the traditional Greek framework, this prima facie discrepancy between the two sets of Survey data that is the significance of the value of equal treatment all over the world on the one hand and the discriminatory beliefs of the Greek public towards foreigners on the other, is not a double standard, but a unified cultural system that can rather be explained in terms of traditional cultural patterns, still persisting in modern Greece, which preclude the notion of individuality or equality in terms of human rights and determine the Greek review of the world and its universal values.
From page no: 294
To page no: 315
Anthology: Society, Citizens and Politics. The European Social Survey.