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  • 1 Wilkow Morskich 17 m.5, 03-687 Warszawa, Poland Wilkow Morskich 17 m.5, 03-687 Warszawa, Poland
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Summary  

The article discusses several aspects of minority problems. The author starts with analysing the issue of national-ethnic minorities and a minority's position in relation to a majority organized in a national state. Next, conditions for minority discourse (open or concealed) are examined, whose appearance is always determined by the majority; moreover, the ways of consolidating the identity of the majority are also analysed. Further questions are: minority regarded as otherness, strangeness or hostility, but also as a cognitive value (i.e., “mirror” reflecting the majority). Finally, the article raises the issue of becoming accustomed to the minority and the problems where minority and majority converge as a result of intercultural dialogue. In the second part of the article, the author defines research area, methodology, and - as an instance - refers to some of the analytic writings.