Author: Frauke Kempka | Pages: 147–158
When an interviewee proclaims that she/he supports cultural and ethnic plurality, but then proceeds to argue that immigrants do not really fit into her/his homogeneous society, the effect is baffling. This article analyses these apparently paradoxical accounts in order to explore how and why concepts of homogeneity were being referred to. To this end, case studies of individuals engaged in civil society immigrant-support organizations are presented, based on problem-centred interviews conducted in Beppu (Japan) and Halle/Saale (Germany). By employing methods of qualitative data content analysis, this article argues that concepts of homogeneity may appeal to plurality-supporters in order to protect their ambitious self-images.