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Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion. Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe

Objective

In recent times, Europe has experienced increasing tensions between national majorities and ethnic or religious minorities, more particularly with marginalised Muslim communities. In some countries challenges relate more to immigrant groups while in other countries they refer to native minority claims. It is in this geopolitical context that the ACCEPT project responds to Topic 3.3.1 and notably in the quest for investigating whether European societies have become more or less tolerant during the past 20 years and in the necessity to clarify: (a) how is tolerance defined conceptually, (b) how it is codified in norms, institutional arrangements, public policies but also social practices, (c) how tolerance can be measured and how the degree of tolerance of a society across time or of several countries at the same time can be compared (whose tolerance, who is tolerated, and what if degrees of tolerance vary with reference to different minority groups). The project starts from a distinction between liberal tolerance (not interfering with practices or forms of life of a person even if one disapproves of them) and egalitarian tolerance referring to institutional arrangements and public policies that fight negative stereotyping, promote positive inclusive identities and re-organise the public space in ways that accommodate diversity. It reviews critically past empirical research and the scholarly theoretical literature on the topic. It conducts original empirical research on key events of national and European relevance that thematise different understandings and practices of tolerance. Bringing together empirical and theoretical findings, ACCEPT generates a State of the Art on Tolerance and Cultural Diversity in Europe targeting policy makers, NGOs and practitioners, a Handbook on Ideas of Tolerance and Cultural Diversity in Europe aimed to be used at upper high school level and with local/national policy makers, a Tolerance Indicators’ Toolkit where qualitative and quantitative indicators may be used to score each country’s performance on tolerating cultural diversity. These indicators will inform the evaluation and development of public policies in this area. Last but not least the ACCEPT project will produce a book manuscript on Tolerance, Pluralism and Cultural Diversity in Europe. The project includes direct communication and feedback mechanisms with civil society, political and media actors for the dissemination and exploitation of its findings.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/racism
  • /social sciences/political science/public policy
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/nongovernmental organization

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 401 680
Administrative Contact
Serena Scarselli (Ms.)

Participants (18)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 912
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vince Boyle (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 135 600
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gianluigi D'argenio (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 135 600
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Martín (Ms.)
International Center For Minority Studies And Intercultural Relations
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 69 600
Address
Antim Parvi 55
1303 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marko Hajdinjak (Mr.)
ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 53 200
Address
Kazim Karabekir Cad 2/13 Istanbul Eski Silahtaraga Elektrik Santrali Santraistanbul Kampusu
34060 Eyup Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ayhan Kaya (Prof.)
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 177 600
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75337 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela-Roxana Vermel (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 194 550
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annemieke Van Haastrecht (Ms.)
LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Participation ended

Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hans-Ingvar Roth (Prof.)
STIFTUNG EUROPA-UNIVERSITAT VIADRINA FRANKFURT (ODER)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 153 600
Address
Grosse Scharrnstrasse 59
15230 Frankfurt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eckart Brock
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 183 600
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 69 600
Address
Ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michal Buchowski (Prof.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 168 000
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Per Mouritsen (Prof.)
Societatea Academica din Romania
Romania
EU contribution
€ 69 600
Address
Bd Lascar Catargiu App3 Sec 1 15 A
10661 Bucharest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alina Mungiu Pippidi (Prof.)
COMMISSION DES EGLISES AUPRES DES MIGRANTS EN EUROPE AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 90 400
Address
Rue Joseph Ii 174
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Doris Peschke (Ms.)
Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 90 400
Address
Makedonitissas Avenue 46
1703 Nicosia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Susana Pavlou (Ms.)
BANLIEUES D'EUROPE ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 90 400
Address
Rue Vendome 271 La Laiterie
69003 Lyon
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sarah Levin (Ms.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 171 600
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Therese Kindåker (Ms.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 67 288
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lilla Jakobs (Ms.)