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Towards a “Topography” of Tolerance and Equal Respect. A comparative study of policies for the distribution of public spaces in culturally diverse societies

Objective

Tolerance has been increasingly invoked as the inspiring ideal of a number of social policies in European democracies. Appeals to tolerance have animated especially the political debates on those policies addressed to accommodate minorities’ requests. Among such requests those for the allocation of public spaces have recently acquired pride of place in the political agendas of many European and extra-European countries (e.g. the allocation of space for Roma sites; Muslims’ requests to build places of worship and housing policies for migrants). Despite such a generalized political and societal relevance of the notion of tolerance, some problems may occur when policies inspired by it are implemented. In particular, the implementation of tolerance-inspired spatial policies may result in the marginalisation of differences and thus risk undermining social cohesion. What conception of tolerance may be invoked to limit such a risk? To answer this question, we shall test the hypothesis that grounding tolerance on equal respect for persons may contribute to the development of spatial policies capable of resolving the tensions between tolerance and social cohesion in culturally diverse societies. In particular, the project pursues 4 objectives:1.to develop a conceptual taxonomy to clarify the liaisons between tolerance, respect and spatial issues;2.to study the ways in which appeals to tolerance have informed the development of spatial policies;3.to investigate the influence of cultural diversities on the interpretations of tolerance in different national contexts;4.to extrapolate from the above studies an overall view of the connections between tolerance and equal respect. Our findings will be of interests to national and international Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), policy makers at a European, national, regional and municipal level and international academics engaged in the study of urban integration in different social, religious, cultural, and political contexts.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia
Address
Piazza Della Vittoria 15 Palazzo Del Broletto
27100 Pavia
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 165 724
Administrative Contact
Laura Sampietro (Ms.)

Participants (13)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 109 999
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 65 388
Address
Univerzitni 8
306 14 Pilsen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marta Kollerová (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I
France
EU contribution
€ 108 320
Address
Rue Du Thabor 2
35065 Rennes Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yolaine Bompays (Ms.)
PEKING UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

China
EU contribution
€ 2 250
Address
The Summer Palace Road 5
100871 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xinjian Shang (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF WALES NEWPORT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 92 837
Address
Caerleon Campus South Wales
NP18 3YG Newport
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Richard Jeans (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL PIEMONTE ORIENTALE AMEDEO AVOGADRO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 93 050
Address
Duomo 6
13100 Vercelli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Coloccini (Ms.)
"FEDERAL STATE AUTONOMOUS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OF HIGHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ""URAL FEDERAL UNIVERSITY NAMED AFTER THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA B.N.YELTSIN"""
Russia
EU contribution
€ 77 625
Address
Mira Str 19
620002 Yekaterinburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maxim Khomyakov (Prof.)
Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 91 750
Address
Makedonitisis 46
1700 Nicosia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kyriakos Evdoras Georgiou (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 82 800
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martina Tekavec (Ms.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 80 400
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zsuzsanna Gabor (Ms.)
VIESOJI ISTAIGA EUROPOS HUMANITARINIS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 97 830
Address
Saviciaus Street 17
01127 Vilnius
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Irena Vaišvilaite (Dr.)
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 94 440
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lea Pais (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 520
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Seeberg (Dr.)