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WAVE - Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender

Description

This project aims to generate new insight into the religious, minority and gendered values which influence social cohesion and social change in European society. Innovative in scope and methodology, this study captures a set of complex relations between religion, minorities and gender, because it is at the juncture of these three domains that some of the sharpest transitions in value systems are taking place in Europe. WAVE is predicated on the assumption that intangible concepts such as 'cultural identities' and 'values' are understood best through the ways in which they are expressed and developed in practice. It thus examines the interaction of diverse value systems through the prism of welfare. Who provides what to whom, and for what reasons, are critical markers of the values of a given community - as are who demands what and for what reasons. WAVE will entail in-depth qualitative research in medium-sized towns in twelve European countries. By examining social interaction in the domain of provision of basic needs, WAVE aims to: a. assess the impact of religion in societies across Europe as a bearer of values of solidarity and social cohesion, or as a source of tension and exclusion; b. to study the values expressed by minority groups and the extent to which minorities are perceived to challenge the values and cultural identities of the local majorities (and vice versa); and c. to examine whether there are particular elements of tension or cohesion embedded in values relating to gender and to the rights and needs associated with women and with men. WAVE will suggest best practices of tolerance and social cohesion through the systematic comparison of case studies covering a broad range of majority religions, minority situations, and gender regimes. The project will incorporate close interaction with stakeholders in a process of informing citizens about EU objectives related to the research as well as transmitting their views on local policies to the EU.

Project NumberCIT5-CT-2005-028632
Project ID 136
Call_Identifier FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
Instrument STREP
EC contribution €1 295 000
Starting date 1/02/2006
TitleWelfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender
AREAResearch Area 7
Acronym WAVE
Keywords Social changes,Sociology of religion,Sociology
Web sitehttp://www.waveproject.org/
Duration 36 months
Coordinator Anders BÄCKSTRÖM
University of Uppsala
The Uppsala Institute of Diaconal and Social Studies
Uppsala
SE
Tel +46 (0)18 564010
Fax +46 (0)18 564010 (sec)
E-mail Anders.Backstrom@teol.uu.se
Partners' List
  • Grace Davie
    University of Exeter
    Centre for European Studies University of Exeter
    Exeter
    GB
  • Danièle Hervieu-Léger
    École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
    Centre d'Études Interdisciplinaires des faits religieux
    Paris
    FR
  • Chantal Saint-Blancat
    University of Padova (Università degli Studi di Padova)
    Department of Sociology (Dipartimento di Sociologia)
    Padova
    IT
  • Irena Borowik
    Jagiellonian University
    Institute for the Scientific Study of Religion
    Krakow
    PL
  • Sinisa Zrinscak
    Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb(Pravnog fakulteta Sveusilista u Zagrebu)
    Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law
    Zagreb
    HR
  • Zaneta Ozolina
    University of Latvia
    Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences
    Riga
    LV
  • Martin Hauser
    Université de Fribourg
    Institut interdisciplinaire d'éthique et des droits de l'Homme/ Chair UNESCO
    Fribourg
    CH
  • Douglas Davies
    University of Durham
    Department of Theology and Religion,
    Durham
    GB
  • Eila Helander
    University of Helsinki
    Department of Practical Theology
    Helsinki
    FI
  • Pål Repstad
    Agder University College
    Institute of Theology and Philosophy
    Kristiansand
    NO
  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    University of Würzburg
    Institute of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology
    Würzburg
    DE
  • Heinz Schmidt
    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
    Diakoniewissenschaftliches Institut der Universität Heidelberg
    Heidelberg
    DE
  • Nikos Kokosalakis
    Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
    Centre for Social Morphology and Social Policy
    Athens
    GR
EC Scientific Officer Myria Vassiliadou