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Generating Interethnic Tolerance and Neighborhood Integration in European Urban Spaces

Objective

In the context of the growth of diversification within European nation states there has been much debate in public and policy discourse regarding the cultural specifics of immigrant groups and their descendents. As global processes and events have stressed cultural differences concerns about the cohesion of society, related often to a perceived cultural mismatch between immigrant and indigenous groups, have propelled multiculturalism and integration to the top of the political agenda. Whilst there has been a trend across several European states where a discourse of failing multiculturalism has been accompanied by fears regarding integration, the republican model in France has also been criticised due to its failure to recognise inequality and diversity. Both of these perspectives have been further endorsed by recent urban conflicts in different European cities. These policy shifts and debates are also relevant to the newer destinations of the South where issues of integration are pertinent as in the new reception countries of the East. Whilst being politically important these debates reveal a gap in the evidence base regarding how and in what form cultural engagement and communication actually occurs in urban settings and on the subsequent impacts on integration in social and economic terms. This cross-comparative project intends to address these issues from a relational perspective through the lens of place, assuming that in contemporary multi-ethnic cities spaces of intercultural communication and engagement are vital to promote tolerance and cohesion. A survey will be administered not only to immigrants but also indigenous individuals in 6 European cities at the neighbourhood level, given this is a place were daily social practises, representations and group relations develop. Furthermore, the role that place or neighbourhood dynamics (in their national/urban contexts) play in developing or hindering intercultural interaction and tolerance will be deliberated.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/human migration

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE GEOGRAFIA E ORDENAMENTO DO TERRITORIO DA UNIVERSIDADE DELISBOA
Address
Edificio Igot Rua Branca Edmee Marques
1600 276 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 311 245,68
Administrative Contact
Paulo Ferreira (Dr.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 249 853
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rudi Rust (Dr.)
OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 225 012
Address
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-platz 2
1010 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josef Kohlbacher (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA IGLESIA DE DEUSTO ENTIDAD RELIGIOSA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 211 812,20
Address
Avenida De Las Universidades 24
48007 Bilbao
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonia Caro (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 169 166,80
Address
Egnatia Street 156
540 06 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aspa Kyriaki (Ms.)
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 141 245
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Agata Górny (Dr.)
Faculdade de letras da Universidade de Lisboa

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 154 414,32
Address
Alameda Da Reitoria (Cidade Universitaria)
1600-214 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Márcia Lameirinhas (Ms.)